Enhancing ecosystem services in apple orchards: Nest boxes increase pest control by insectivorous birds

Daniel García, Marcos Miñarro & Rodrigo Martínez-Sastre
Ecological intensification in croplands aims to enhance biodiversity-based ecosystem services, helping to increase yield while reducing agricultural environmental impacts. Identifying ecological intensification tools of wide applicability and easily implemented by farmers is, therefore, an imperative. Here, we verify the efficiency of provisioning artificial nest boxes for insectivorous birds to reinforce pest biological control in apple orchards. The study was conducted in 24 cider-apple orchards in Asturias (NW Spain) over three years. We compared the effect...

Registration Year

  • 2020

Resource Types

  • Dataset


  • University of Oviedo
  • Servicio Regional de Investigación y Desarrollo Agroalimentario