Distribution and habitat use of selected small and large mammal species in relation to different land use / vorgelegt von Eric Heinze

Landscapes have been changing due to human activity, resulting in forest fragmentation and spreading agricultural use. Nowadays land use strategies in Central Europe are changing. However, it is yet not fully understood if and to what extend these changes in management intensity will affect the communities in according habitats. In the present study I used small and large mammals as target species, because they play a major role in forest and grassland ecosystems acting as food resource for predators, seed dispersers, as well as browsers or grazers. Small mammals were live trapped over two years in all three Exploratories. Faecal pellet group counts of large ungulates were applied in the Exploratory Schorfheide-Chorin. During small mammal live trapping I found higher species richness and animal abundance on managed than on unmanaged forest plots rising with increased structural heterogeneity. Hence, understory vegetation and coarse woody debris are very important for small mammal species in managed forest stands. Faecal pellet group counts revealed that roe deer and fallow deer clearly preferred mature pine stands. I explain the preference towards mature pine forests to be due to the dependence on high quality winter food supply.

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Person: Heinze, Eric [Author]
Corporate Author: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena [Degree granting institution]
Format: eBook
Publication:Jena, 2010
Printing place:Jena
Dissertation Note:Jena, Univ., Diss., 2011
Subjects:Biodiversität > Biosphärenreservat Schorfheide-Chorin > Hainich-Gebiet > Schwäbische Alb > Kleinsäuger > Großsäuger
Type of content:Hochschulschrift
Related resources:Erscheint auch als Druck-Ausgabe: Distribution and habitat use of selected small and large mammal species in relation to different land use
Physical description:1 Online-Ressource (100 Seiten) : graph. Darst.
Basic Classification: 42.90 Ökologie: Allgemeines