7 Works

The Pantheon database: habitat related traits, conservation status and taxa associations for invertebrates in England

J. Webb, D. Heaver, D. Lott, H.J. Dean, J. Van Breda, J. Curson, M.C. Harvey, M. Gurney, D.B. Roy, A. Van Breda, M. Drake, K.N.A. Alexander & G. Foster
The Pantheon database contains habitat-related traits, feeding guilds, conservation status (including rarity and threat status), legal protection data and associations with other taxa for just over 11,700 invertebrates. The database has been developed for invertebrates within England so the data should be used with caution when applying it to invertebrates of other countries. The data have been extracted from numerous sources within the published literature and compiled and categorised by entomological experts over a number...

Consistent concentrations of critically endangered Balearic shearwaters in UK waters revealed by at-sea surveys

Jessica Ann Phillips, Alex N. Banks, Mark Bolton, Tom Brereton, Pierre Cazenave, Natasha Gillies, Oliver Padget, Jeroen Van Der Kooij, James Waggit & Tim Guilford
Aim: Europe’s only globally critically endangered seabird, the Balearic shearwater (Puffinus mauretanicus), is thought to have expanded its post-breeding range northwards into UK waters, though its distribution there is not yet well understood. This study aims to identify environmental factors associated with the species’ presence, and map the probability of presence of the species across the western English Channel and southern Celtic Sea, and estimate the number of individuals in this area. Location: The western...

CLiP Belize Marine Litter Abundance and Composition 2019

This dataset contains 2 csv files. The file Belize_Marine_Litter_Data.csv contains data on litter found on marine beaches, river banks and along city canals in Belize between May and June 2019. The number of items and the weight in kg is reported for each litter category. The list of litter categories was obtain merging OSPAR and Tangaroa Blue protocols with the addition of region-specific items. Item categories marked with '*' were added during the operations in...

The vulnerability of shellfish aquaculture to climate change and ocean acidification– a global assessment

Phoebe Stewart-Sinclair, Tom Wilding, Kim Last & Ben Payne
Human-induced climate change and ocean acidification (CC-OA) is changing the physical and biological processes occurring within the marine environment, with poorly understood implications for marine life. Within the aquaculture sector, molluscan culture is a relatively benign method of producing a high-quality, healthy and sustainable protein source for the expanding human population. We modelled the Vulnerability of global bivalve mariculture to impacts of CC-OA over the period 2020 to 2100, under RCP8.5. Vulnerability, assessed at the...

Experimental evidence that novel land management interventions inspired by history enhance biodiversity

Robert Hawkes, Jennifer Smart, Andy Brown, Helen Jones, Steve Lane, Colin Lucas, James McGill, Nick Owens, Amanda Ratier Backes, Jonathan Webb, Doreen Wells & Paul Dolman
To address biodiversity declines within semi-natural habitats, land-management must cater for diverse taxonomic groups. Integrating our understanding of the ecological requirements of priority (rare, scarce or threatened) species through ‘biodiversity auditing’, with that of the intensity and complexity of historical land-use, encourages novel forms of management. Experimental confirmation is needed to establish whether this enhances biodiversity conservation relative to routine management. Biodiversity auditing and historical land-use of dry-open terrestrial habitats in Breckland (Eastern England) both...

Data from: Metabarcoding and mitochondrial metagenomics of endogean arthropods to unveil the mesofauna of the soil

Paula Arribas, Carmelo Andújar, Kevin Hopkins, Matthew Shepherd & Alfried P. Vogler
Biological communities inhabiting the soil are among the most diversified, complex and yet most poorly studied terrestrial ecosystems. The greatest knowledge gaps apply to the arthropod mesofauna (0·1–2 mm body size) because conventional morphological and molecular approaches are in many cases insufficient for the characterisation of these complex communities. The development of high-throughput sequencing (HTS) methodologies is required to solve current impediments and to further advance our understanding of below-ground biodiversity. We propose a flotation–Berlese–flotation...

Data from: Fractal measures of spatial pattern as a heuristic for return rate in vegetative systems

Michael A. Irvine, Emma L. Jackson, Emma J. Kenyon, Kevan J. Cook, Matthew J. Keeling & James C. Bull
Measurement of population persistence is a long-standing problem in ecology; in particular, whether it is possible to gain insights into persistence without long time-series. Fractal measurements of spatial patterns, such as the Korcak exponent or boundary dimension, have been proposed as indicators of the persistence of underlying dynamics. Here we explore under what conditions a predictive relationship between fractal measures and persistence exists. We combine theoretical arguments with an aerial snapshot and time series from...

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