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The relationship between British ground beetles (Coleoptera, Carabidae) and land cover

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Michael Eyre, Dr Martin Luff, Dr Jeremy Staley


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Aims and methods: Ground beetle and satellite-derived land cover data from 1687 United Kingdom 10 km national grid squares were used to assess the relationship between species pool and cover data in Great Britain using fuzzy classification and constrained ordination. Results: Ground beetle species pools classified into nine groups which were related to land cover variables using constrained ordination. There was a strong relationship between upland land cover and three ground beetle groups. Deciduous woodland, coastal and tilled land were associated with three other groups. Three further groups did not appear to be strongly associated with any particular cover, but differed in geographical position. Conclusion: The distribution of species pools derived from the British national recording scheme at the 10 km scale was strongly related to satellite-derived land cover data. There appears to be considerable potential for the use of a synthesis of land cover and ground beetle data in the monitoring of environmental change over a large, countrywide, area.

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Author(s): Eyre MD, Luff ML, Staley JR, Telfer MG

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Biogeography

Year: 2003

Volume: 30

Issue: 5

Pages: 719-730

ISSN (print): 0305-0270

ISSN (electronic): 1365-2699

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing


DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2699.2003.00859.x


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