Habitat associations of British breeding farmland birds

Whittingham, Mark J.; Krebs, John R.; Swetnam, Ruth D.; Thewlis, Richard M.; Wilson, Jeremy D.; Freckleton, Robert P.. 2009 Habitat associations of British breeding farmland birds. Bird Study, 56 (1). 43-52.

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Capsule Territory distribution for ten species was most strongly positively influenced by the presence of hedges and woodland edge. Aims To describe and rank the importance of different habitat predictors on the distribution of bird territories. Methods We derived territory maps for ten bird species across 25 sites on English lowland farmland in 2002. We related habitat predictors to the distribution of these species using information theoretic methods. Results Habitat predictors were ranked as follows (numbers in parentheses indicate the number of species with a strong effect): hedge presence (8), boundary height (7), woodland edge (6), tree presence in boundary (4), brassica (mainly oil seed rape) (3), within-field vegetation height (3), boundary strip (3), boundary width (3), tilled fields (3), winter set-aside (2), ditch (1), winter stubble fields (1). Conclusions Non-cropped habitats had the most consistent positive effects across all ten species, with crop types and their margins exerting smaller effects.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Biodiversity > BD01 Conservation and Restoration of Biodiversity > BD01.1 Distributions and abundance of taxa
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Pywell
ISSN: 0006-3657
Additional Keywords: Animal Behaviour; Animal Ecology; Animal Physiology; Animal Taxonomy; Biodiversity; Environmental Geography; Marine & Aquatic Science; Natural History - Evolution and general biology;
NORA Subject Terms: Zoology
Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 08 Jun 2009 10:01 +0 (UTC)

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