A long term study of green roofs and invertebrate communities. This project commenced in 2003. An overview of the project results can be downloaded [PDF]
Green Roofs and Biodiversity - the Society of Biology - www.societyofbiology.org
STUDY OF GREEN ROOFS – how roof design can maximise biodiversity in an urban environment Dr G.Kadas, UCL London. 2002
An MSC project undertaken in UCL, this study of Spiders on green roofs and brownfield sites was the first of its kind in the UK. It aimed to establish design criteria for green roofs that may well be used as mitigation for the loss of brownfield habitat.
Currently only available in German but we are preparing a summary English translation. The tables and diagrams are self explanatory [PDF ]
TECTICOLOUS INVERTEBRATES - a preliminary investigation of the invertebrate fauna on ecoroofs in urban london - Richard A. Jones, English Nature, London, 2002.
An English Nature commissioned study of a number of green roofs in London. [Download in .pdf format here, 2.7Mb]
AN ASSESSMENT OF THE POTENTIAL OF GREEN ROOFS FOR BIRD CONSERVATION IN THE UK - Helen Burgess, University of Sussex, Brighton.
A concise study of a series of roofs in Sussex, including the largest in the UK in spring 2004. [Download in .pdf format here, 4Mb]
CHARACTERISING ALTERNATIVE RECYCLED WASTE MATERIALS FOR USE AS GREEN ROOF GROWING MEDIA IN THE U.K. - Chloe J. Molineux, Charles H. Fentiman, Alan C. Gange. Download in pdf format
'QUANTIFYING THE SOIL COMMUNITY IN GREEN ROOFS' - A three year Phd studentship is just starting  at Royal Holloway, University of London.
The project is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, under the supervision of Prof Alan Gange. It is entitled 'Quantifying the soil community in green roofs'. The aims of the project are to identify what sort of a food web exists in green roofs and whether this can be manipulated to encourage sustainable plant growth on a roof. Soil invertebrates and microbes will be recorded and identified. Various microbial products will be applied to some roofs, to see if these can enhance colonisation by plant species and whether plant growth is affected. The student employed on the project is Miss Heather Rumble. The project is a collaborative one with Symbio Ltd and the Soil Food Web Lab Inc.