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Relationship between distributions of threatened plants and protected areas in Britain

Jackson, Sarah. F.; Walker, Kevin; Gaston, Kevin J.. 2009 Relationship between distributions of threatened plants and protected areas in Britain. Biological Conservation, 142 (7). 1515-1522. 10.1016/j.biocon.2009.02.020

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Abstract/Summary

The establishment and maintenance of a system of protected areas is central to regional and global strategies for the conservation of biodiversity. The current global trend towards human population growth and widespread environmental degradation means that such areas are becoming increasingly isolated in fragmented habitat islands. In regions in which this process is well advanced a high proportion of species are thus predicted to have become restricted to protected areas. Here using uniquely detailed datasets for Britain, a region with close to the global level of percentage coverage by statutory protected areas, we determine the extent of restriction of Red List vascular plant species of conservation concern to these areas. On the basis of currently known distributions, overall our results strongly support the importance of a dual conservation strategy in Britain, in which protected areas are maintained with particular reference to those biodiversity features (such as many threatened plant species) that are highly dependent on them, and in which components of the wider landscape are also managed in such a way as to promote the abundance and distribution of such features with particular reference to those which are unlikely to persist in protected areas alone.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/j.biocon.2009.02.020
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Biodiversity > BD01 Conservation and Restoration of Biodiversity > BD01.4 Management of species and ecosystems
CEH Sections: Pywell
ISSN: 0006-3207
Additional Keywords: Britain, Biodiversity conservation, National priority species
NORA Subject Terms: Botany
Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 03 Jun 2009 11:48
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/7047

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