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Influence of management type on Diptera communities of coniferous plantations and deciduous woodlands

Woodcock, B. A., Watt, A. D. and Leather, S. R. (2003) Influence of management type on Diptera communities of coniferous plantations and deciduous woodlands. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment, 95 (2-3). pp. 443-452. ISSN 0167-8809

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/S0167-8809(02)00220-7


The contribution of four types of secondary woodlands to Scottish invertebrate biodiversity was investigated for coniferous plantation forestry, riparian ash-alder woodlands, early successional deciduous woodlands and climax deciduous woodlands. Considerable variation in the type and intensity of management within these four woodland types existed. Adult Diptera from 21 families, representing diverse trophic and ecological guilds, were sampled from 31 woodlands in the Aberdeenshire region of northeast Scotland, between June and August 2001. Environmental differences between woodlands were recorded at each site using environmental parameters such as pH and organic matter content, vegetation characteristics, including percentage canopy cover and dominant field layer plant species. Multivariate ordination techniques detected significant responses in the Dipteran communities to soil type, organic matter content, soil pH, field layer plant species richness, dominant field layer plant species and percentage cover of Pteridium aquilinum. Responses in terms of Dipteran abundance, species richness, diversity and evenness were observed to soil type and dominant species of the field layer vegetation. The role of woodland type and management in diversifying Diptera communities is discussed with a view to maintain and possibly enhance Dipteran and other invertebrate communities in Scottish secondary woodlands. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Soil Research Centre
ID Code:9403
Uncontrolled Keywords:birch, oak, ash, riparian, diversity, grazing, logging, PLANT ARCHITECTURE, FOREST, CONSERVATION, RESPONSES

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