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Title: Farmland birds in field margins with special reference to green lanes
Author: Walker , M. P.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3555 2612
Awarding Body: University of Staffordshire
Current Institution: Staffordshire University
Date of Award: 2007
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l~:' . Abstract Fannland birds have undergone large declines in Britain and throughout Europe over the last fifty or so years. Green lanes (two hedgerows separated by an unmetalled farmland track) have only just begun to have their potential for wildlife recognised within farmland, with a few studies revealing their substantial benefits for butterflies, bees and wild flowers. This study examines the value ofgreen lanes for farmland birds, comparing 20 green hi.ries with paired single hedgerows around Chester, UK over the years 2002-2004. Green lanes were found to hold about three times as many breeding bird speCies, territories, and numbers as single hedgerows (P < 0.001). Significantly more birds were also recorded on the inside of green lanes than on the outside. Bird occurrence on green lanes was influenced by hedge width and surrounding land use. Significantly more nests were also found in green lanes than single hedgerows during the breeding seasons of 2003 and 2004. Predation rates were found to be similar for both field boundary tYPes when studied using artifiCial nests.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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