Breeding bird populations of Irish peatlands : capsule peatlands are very important habitats for birds despite low species diversity

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dc.contributor.author Bracken, Fintan
dc.contributor.author McMahon, Barry J.
dc.contributor.author Whelan, John
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-22T15:02:09Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-22T15:02:09Z
dc.date.copyright 2008 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC en
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Bird Study en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/3620
dc.description.abstract Aims to describe the variation in breeding bird populations that occur on different types of Irish peatlands and their associated habitat characteristics. Methods: Bird abundance and diversity were compared between four peatland habitat types: fens; raised bogs; Atlantic blanket bogs; and montane blanket bogs at twelve study sites using transects. Various measures of habitat quality were also taken at each location. Results: Only 21 species were recorded during the study with Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis and Sky Lark Alauda arvensis accounting for over 80% of all birds recorded. Fens had greater bird species diversity and densities than the other three peatland types. Raised bogs, Atlantic blanket bogs and montane blanket bogs were very similar in terms of their avian diversity. Each of the recorded bird species were associated with different aspects of the peatland habitat. Conclusion: This study shows that despite the relatively low avian species diversity of Irish peatlands, they are of enormous conservation value due to the presence of species of high conservation concern such as Red Grouse (Willow Ptarmigan) Lagopus lagopus and Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata. en
dc.description.sponsorship Other funder en
dc.format.extent 309850 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher British Trust for Ornithology / Taylor & Francis en
dc.relation.requires Agriculture and Food Science Research Collection en
dc.rights This is an electronic version of an article published in Bird Study, Volume 55, Issue 2, 2008, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00063650809461519 en
dc.subject Birds en
dc.subject Blanket bog en
dc.subject Fen en
dc.subject Peatland en
dc.subject Raised bog en
dc.subject Redundancy analysis en
dc.subject.lcsh Birds--Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Peatland animals en
dc.subject.lcsh Peatland ecology en
dc.subject.lcsh Birds--Conservation en
dc.title Breeding bird populations of Irish peatlands : capsule peatlands are very important habitats for birds despite low species diversity en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.volume 55 en
dc.identifier.issue 2 en
dc.identifier.startpage 169 en
dc.identifier.endpage 178 en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/00063650809461519
dc.neeo.contributor Bracken|Fintan|aut| en
dc.neeo.contributor McMahon|Barry J.|aut| en
dc.neeo.contributor Whelan|John|aut| en
dc.description.othersponsorship Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) en
dc.description.admin ke, ab, sp, li - TS 26.04.12 en


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