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dc.contributor.authorRuas, Sara
dc.contributor.authorKelly, Ruth
dc.contributor.authorAhmed, Karzan S. D.
dc.contributor.authorMaher, Stephanie
dc.contributor.authorO'Hora, Ellen
dc.contributor.authorVolpato, Alessio
dc.contributor.authorÓ hUallacháin, Daire
dc.contributor.authorGormally, Michael J.
dc.contributor.authorStout, Jane C.
dc.contributor.authorMoran, James
dc.identifier.citationRuas, Sara, et al. "Does Landscape Structure Affect the Presence of Woodland Specialist Pollinators in Farmland? Implications for Agri-Environment Scheme Design." Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, vol. 122 no. 1, 2022, p. 17-37. Project MUSE
dc.description.abstractSome pollinator species found in agricultural areas are strongly dependent on surrounding areas of natural or semi-natural habitats to nest and/or forage. Landscape structure has been shown to influence pollinator communities and understanding how landscape structure affects farmland pollinators can improve Agri-Environment Schemes (AES). This study explored how landscape metrics affect the presence of pollinators associated with woody vegetation in farmland in the Republic of Ireland. Two study regions were selected, and pollinators were collected using pan traps placed in farm linear features. Hoverfly and bee species were selected based on their body size and association with woody vegetation. Relevant landscape structure metrics were extracted from around each trap and used to develop explanatory models for the abundance of pollinators. The total abundance of target species was relatively low but correlated with three explanatory variables: the connectivity of the linear feature to woodlands; the distance from the trap to the closest woodland; and edge density. Hoverfly and bee abundance data, when analysed separately, showed significant differences within regions. Results seem to indicate that incentivising the connectivity of farm linear features to surrounding woodland patches and increasing optimal habitat availability in agricultural landscapes could benefit woodland specialists. This information is helpful to improving AES design.en_US
dc.publisherRoyal Irish Academyen_US
dc.relation.ispartofBiology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academyen_US
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dc.titleDoes Landscape Structure Affect the Presence of Woodland Specialist Pollinators in Farmland? Implications for Agri-Environment Scheme Designen_US
dc.contributor.affiliationTeagasc, Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford, Irelanden_US
dc.contributor.affiliationGalway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Marine and Freshwater Research Centre, Old Dublin Rd, Galway, Irelanden_US
dc.contributor.affiliationAgri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdomen_US
dc.contributor.affiliationNational University of Ireland Galway, Applied Ecology Unit, Centre for Environmental Science, Galway, Irelanden_US
dc.contributor.affiliationTrinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2, Irelanden_US
dc.contributor.affiliationTeagasc, Mellows Campus, Athenry, Co. Galway, Irelanden_US
dc.contributor.sponsorThis work was supported by the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) (RSF15_S_619).en_US
dc.subject.departmentMarine and Freshwater Research Centreen_US

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