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Naturschutzfachlich modifizierte Kurzumtriebsplantagen als Lebensraum für Brutvögel

Eine alternative zu anderen gehölzgeprägten naturschutzmaßnahmen?

authored by
Felix Zitzmann, Michael Reich
Abstract

A discussion has recently arisen about the suitability of shortrotation coppice (SRC) for production-integrated compensation measures (PICM) due to its beneficial effects on some ecosystem functions. In order to evaluate the suitability of SRC with nature conservation modifications for PICM, we surveyed their habitat potential for breeding birds in comparison to woody habitats in agricultural landscapes (hedges, copses, afforestations). The results are discussed with regard to whether SRC are a favourable alternative to other woody habitats as a nature conservation measure to promote breeding birds. Despite measures to improve the structural diversity of the surveyed SRC, they only supported rudimentary, species-poor and individual-poor breeding bird communities, and only attained the habitat function of other woody habitats to a limited extent. Certain habitat qualities of other woody habitats cannot be created on SRC or can only be effectively created in a complex and spatially limited manner. Some measures required for this are contrary to the basic objectives of PICM due to the fact that they are “non-productive special structures”. These results complement investigations on SRC without nature conservation modifications and confirm that SRC do not represent a favourable alternative measure for breeding birds compared to other woody habitats that commonly encompass nature conservation measures.

Organisation(s)
Institute of Environmental Planning
Type
Article
Journal
Naturschutz und Landschaftsplanung
Volume
52
Pages
316-325
No. of pages
10
ISSN
0940-6808
Publication date
2020
Publication status
Published
Peer reviewed
Yes
ASJC Scopus subject areas
Ecology, Environmental Science(all)