Potential of a linear woodland landscape element as ecological corridor for carabid beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae): a case study from Poland

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Izabela Stawska
Izabela Dymitryszyn
Axel Schwerk

Keywords : Carabidae, forest, ecological corridor, habitat connectivity, biological diversity, landscape management

Fragmentation of landscapes and habitats has been identified as the main driver of biodiversity loss. Ecological corridors may support the conservation of biota in fragmented landscapes due to enhanced habitat connectivity. We conducted a study in order to assess the potential of a linear woodland landscape element along a railway line as ecological corridor using carabid beetles as indicators. The results showed that for some forest species the studied woodland strip has potential as an ecological corridor. Trophy and soil acidity were most often significantly correlated with parameters and species, but width of the woodland strip and distance from the forest site were of highest importance for the formation of the whole carabid assemblages. The results of our study provide with information regarding rules for the construction of woodland strips as ecological corridors. Management strategies should integrate such areas in concepts of sustainable regional development.

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Stawska, I., Dymitryszyn, I., & Schwerk, A. (2023). Potential of a linear woodland landscape element as ecological corridor for carabid beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae): a case study from Poland. Scientific Review Engineering and Environmental Sciences (SREES), 32(3), 238–254. https://doi.org/10.22630/srees.4931

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