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WEC275: Conservation Subdivision: Design Phase – Patch Size and Shape of Conserved Open Spaces

Figure 2. Circular patches are better than other shapes. Keeping patches circular helps to minimize edge effects. Wildlife living at habitat edges tend to encounter higher levels of predation, more damaging human disturbances, and increased competition from other species. However, some native wildlife and plant species (mainly generalists) prefer edge habitat and thrive in these areas