Title
Agricultural land-use in the surrounding landscape affects moorland bird diversity
Description
A multi-scale approach was used to investigate the response of the moorland bird community to agricultural land-use in the surrounding matrix and local-scale vegetation characteristics. For the assemblage of upland specialist species, there was a negative association with the extent of intensively managed grassland at the 750 m spatial scale. This had a greater influence on richness than the local vegetation characteristic of the moorland itself. Similarly, for species of conservation concern, richness was enhanced by increased landscape-level woodland cover at the 750 m scale. Such assemblage-level associations can mask the responses of individual species. For example, some upland specialists, such as the red grouse and golden plover, were negatively associated with intensive grassland in the landscape, while other species of conservation concern, notably curlew, lapwing and snipe all showed positive relationships. These results indicate that upland agriculture at the landscape-scale is integral to maintaining the richness and composition of UK moorland birds and hence land management actions for moorland should not be limited to that habitat alone.
URL
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2010.09.019
DOI
10.1016/j.agee.2010.09.019
Language
English
Author
Martin Dallimer
Co-author
Andrew M.J. Skinner
Co-author
Lorenzo Marini
Co-author
Nick Hanley
Co-author
Paul R. Armsworth
Co-author
Kevin J. Gaston
Volume number
139
Issue number
4
Is this item peer reviewed?
Yes
ISSN
0167-8809
Publisher
Elsevier
Date of publication
15 December 2010
Page reference
578-583
Place of publication
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Has non-academic co-authors?
No
Has international co-authors?
No
For non-academic audience?
No
Is this item a pre-print or post-print?
Post-print
Title of journal
Agriculture, ecosystems and environment
Harvard
Dallimer, Martin et al (2010) Agricultural land-use in the surrounding landscape affects moorland bird diversity. Agriculture, ecosystems and environment. 139 (4), pp. 578-583 Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier.
Vancouver
Dallimer Martin et al. Agricultural land-use in the surrounding landscape affects moorland bird diversity. Agriculture, ecosystems and environment 2010; 139 (4): 578-583.