Seasonal differences in the uitilisation of agricultural habitats by small rodents.

Webb, L and Velander, Kathy (2000) Seasonal differences in the uitilisation of agricultural habitats by small rodents. Naturalist, 125 (1033). pp. 99-109. ISSN 1013-6444

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The population and community structure of small rodents on arable and set-aside habitats was stided in winter and summer in order to determine seasonal patterns of habitat use.An area of 0.3 ha on each study site was live trapped during each sample session and the Fisher-Ford method applied to estimate population densities. Overall, species richness increased from two in the winter trapping sessions to four in the summer. Wood mice, Apodemus sylvaticus L., were found on all study areas; whereas bank voles, Clethrionomys glareolus Schr., and field voles, Microtus agrestis L., were mainly restricted to the established set-aside. This study lends itself to the conservation management of small mammal species within agricultural ecosystems. Maintaining areas of long grass along field margins or as part of longer rotation set-aside may benefit the survival of vole species.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1013-6444
Uncontrolled Keywords: Agricultural habitats; Utilisation; Wood mice; Voles; Seasonal studies; Conservation methods;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences > School of Life Sciences
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology > 577 Ecology
500 Science > 590 Animals (Zoology) > 599 Mammals
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Item ID: 2636
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Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2009 16:06
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2013 11:18

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