Seasonal variations in nutrient levels in Bemersyde Moss, Borders Region, Scotland.

Velander, Kathy and Mocogni, Marina (2001) Seasonal variations in nutrient levels in Bemersyde Moss, Borders Region, Scotland. The Naturalist, 126 (1036). pp. 17-26. ISSN 0028-0771

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Nutrient levels were monitored over a twelve month period in Bemersyde Moss, a shallow wetland in southern Scotland. The Moss is used by a variety of waterfowl, both as a winter roost by approximately 100-250 greylag geese (Anser anser) and in summer as a breeding colony for over 14,000 pairs of black-headed gulls (Laws ridibundus). It is surrounded by agricultural land, which along with the birds has an effect on nutrient levels. Phosphate phosphorus (PO4-P) and combined inorganic nitrogen (NH4-N, NO3-N and NO2-N) concentrations were analysed at fortnightly intervals, both in the drains flowing into the wetland and in the wetland itself. Abiotic parameters including pH, conductivity, temperature, depth, dissolved oxygen were also recorded. P and MH4-N showed high concentration in summer due to the influx of birds and use by livestock. Although some of the NO3-N could be attributed to the oxidation of NH4-N, increased levels in the spring and late autumn/early winter were measured in the field drains, suggesting an input from the surrounding arable fields. It was concluded that birds and livestock were making a major contribution to P and N levels within the wetland.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0028-0771
Uncontrolled Keywords: Phosphate; Nitrate; Nitrite; Nitrogen dioxide; Nutrient levels; Abiotic parameters; Fauna observed; Seasonal variations; Bemersyde Moss; Southern Uplands; Scotland; UK;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences > School of Life Sciences
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 500 Science > 540 Chemistry > 546 Inorganic chemistry
500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology > 577 Ecology > 577.6 Freshwater ecology
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Item ID: 2627
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Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2009 15:51
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2013 08:20

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