Effects of set-aside management on birds breeding in lowland Ireland

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dc.contributor.author Bracken, Fintan
dc.contributor.author Bolger, Thomas
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-22T14:53:46Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-22T14:53:46Z
dc.date.copyright 2006 Elsevier en
dc.date.issued 2006-11
dc.identifier.citation Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/3619
dc.description.abstract Farmland birds have suffered a severe decline in recent years throughout Europe including Ireland. Agricultural intensification is believed to be the main cause and this has led to the introduction of agri-environmental schemes, of which set-aside is a part. Bird abundance and diversity were compared between set-aside and adjacent tillage or grassland at 18 locations. The set-aside sites were also assigned to one of four management types: rotational set-aside, non-rotational set-aside, first year set-aside that was productive grassland in the previous year, and long-term set-aside that was grazed by animals in winter. Species diversity and the abundances of skylark, meadow pipit and woodpigeon were significantly greater in set-aside sites. Species diversity was not significantly different between set-aside management types and meadow pipit, skylark, pheasant, house sparrow, magpie, snipe and starling were closely associated with non-rotational set-aside, which also contained significantly larger numbers of these species compared to the other set-aside types. This study shows that set-aside does enhance bird diversity and abundance and that, in Ireland, the most effective form of set-aside is non-rotational. It also shows that the most appropriate form of set-aside will vary from situation to situation and that a one size fits all view should not be taken in the development of agri-environmental schemes. en
dc.description.sponsorship Other funder en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.rights This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment Volume 117, Issues 2–3 (November 2006) DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2006.03.032 en
dc.subject Birds en
dc.subject Set-aside en
dc.subject Farm management en
dc.subject Agri-environmental scheme en
dc.subject Redundancy Analysis en
dc.subject.lcsh Birds--Conservation en
dc.subject.lcsh Farm management en
dc.subject.lcsh Agriculture--Environmental aspects en
dc.subject.lcsh Fallow lands--Environmental aspects en
dc.title Effects of set-aside management on birds breeding in lowland Ireland en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.volume 117 en
dc.identifier.issue 2-3 en
dc.identifier.startpage 178 en
dc.identifier.endpage 184 en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.agee.2006.03.032
dc.neeo.contributor Bracken|Fintan|aut| en
dc.neeo.contributor Bolger|Thomas|aut| en
dc.description.othersponsorship Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development Programme en
dc.description.admin TS 24.04.12 en


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