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dc.contributor.authorGray, Emma
dc.contributor.authorCappelli, Giovanni
dc.contributor.authorGammell, Martin P.
dc.contributor.authorRoden, Cilian M.
dc.contributor.authorLally, Heather T.
dc.identifier.citationEmma Gray, Giovanni Cappelli, Martin P. Gammell, Cilian M. Roden, Heather T. Lally, A review of dystrophic lake and pool habitat in Europe: An Irish perspective, Journal for Nature Conservation, Volume 68, 2022, 126189, ISSN 1617-1381,
dc.description.abstractFreshwater lakes and pools contained within peatlands are unique habitats that support rare and specialised species. Despite this, these ecosystems have been overlooked in conservation and management practices. One of these habitats, ‘3160 Natural dystrophic lakes and ponds’, is protected under the European Union (EU) Habitats Directive with a concerning proportion of these habitats having an “unfavourable-bad” or an “unfavourable-inadequate” conservation status across Europe. Our current understanding of the key physico-chemical and ecological features of this habitat is inadequate which is hindering the implementation of effective conservation measures. This review summarises the current knowledge of this protected lake habitat as defined under the EU Habitats Directive. With a focus on Ireland, we demonstrate how the current monitoring and assessment methods used to characterise and assess the structure and function and conservation status of this habitat, which relies largely on the use of macrophyte community composition and surrogate physico-chemical data collected under the EU Water Framework Directive, is ineffective. We propose the incorporation of further or alternative ecological metrics including, but not limited to, algae and macroinvertebrates which are needed to improve our understanding of the structure and function of this priority lake habitat. In addition, application of such data via ecological metrics would allow for the quantification of biodiversity and species rarity metrics which would aid in identifying sites of conservation importance.en_US
dc.publisherElsevier B.V.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofJournal for Nature Conservationen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International*
dc.subjectEU Habitats Directiveen_US
dc.subjectEU Water Framework Directiveen_US
dc.subjectDystrophic lakesen_US
dc.subjectBog poolsen_US
dc.subjectWater chemistryen_US
dc.titleA review of dystrophic lake and pool habitat in Europe: An Irish perspectiveen_US
dc.contributor.affiliationMarine and Freshwater Research Centre (MFRC), Atlantic Technological University, ATU Galway City, Old Dublin Road, Galway H91 T8NW, Irelanden_US
dc.contributor.affiliationRoden Ecology, Kinvara, Co. Galway, Irelanden_US
dc.contributor.sponsorThis project is funded under the EPA Research Programme 2021-2030.en_US
dc.subject.departmentMarine and Freshwater Research Centreen_US

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