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The effect of hedgerow characteristics, adjacent habitat and landscapeon the winter hedgerow bird community

Defra project BD2106

Abstract

Hedgerows are the most important features in terms of bird species abundance and diversity in the farming landscape.The ways in which different hedgerow characteristics affect bird abundance and diversity in the breeding season are wellknown. However, comparatively little is known about how the physical characteristics of hedges affect bird abundanceand diversity in winter. This study used data collected at a national scale in the winter of 1988/89 to determine how bird abundance, bird species richness and bird diversity were affected by hedgerow characteristics, adjacent habitats andsurrounding landscape.

Author(s): Chamberlain, DE, Vickery, JA, Marshall, EJP

Journal: Defra project BD2106

Year: 2001

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