publication . Other literature type . Article . 2001

The implications of grassland and heathland management for the conservation of spider communities: a review

James R. Bell; C. Philip Wheater; W. Rod Cullen;
  • Published: 01 Nov 2001
  • Publisher: Wiley
Abstract
Both intensity and type of habitat management in grasslands and heathlands affect spider communities. With high intensity management, spider communities often lack diversity and are dominated by a few r -selected species affiliated with bare ground. Low intensity management produces more complex communities introducing more niches for aerial web spinners and climbing spiders. The preferred management will be site-dependent and may not be appropriate for all spiders in all situations, particularly for some rare or threatened species. Providing natural cover is recommended when using extreme forms of management or intensive grazing (particularly by sheep). In extr...
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free text keywords: Habitat, Biology, Trampling, Grazing, Threatened species, Agroforestry, Grassland, geography.geographical_feature_category, geography, Ecological niche, Spider, Litter, Ecology
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