Semi-open landscapes of former military training areas are key habitats for threatened birds

Heike Culmsee, Boris Evers, Tobias Leikauf & Karsten Wesche
Military training areas (MTAs) show high numbers of rare and threatened species and diverse habitat patterns due to low nitrogen input and heterogeneous disturbance dynamics caused by mili-tary training activities that produce fine-scale landscape mosaics. Since the 1990s, major parts of MTAs in Europe have been decommissioned. In Germany, most of them were transferred to the national natural heritage now facing the challenge of developing comprehensive conservation man-agement strategies. In order to elucidate their current...
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