The contribution of bird communities to ecological services in agricultural lands surrounding Brigalow remnants

Collard, Stuart J. and Zammit, Charlie and Le Brocque, Andrew F. (2003) The contribution of bird communities to ecological services in agricultural lands surrounding Brigalow remnants. In: Ecological Society of Australia Annual Conference 2003 (ESA 2003), 8-10 Dec 2003, Armidale, Australia.

Abstract

The majority of studies on bird communities in fragmented landscapes focus on the presence and community composition of birds recorded within vegetation patches. However, research presented here describes the effects of vegetation patch attributes on bird communities in a surrounding matrix of cultivation and grassland. Study sites were located in, and adjacent to small remnant patches of brigalow (Acacia harpophylla) / Belah (Casuarina cristata) vegetation in southern inland Queensland. Bird species richness in matrix sites of grassland and cultivation was significantly correlated with the area of adjacent brigalow remnants. Other vegetation attributes such as structural complexity did not significantly influence species richness of birds in the matrix. Division of birds into positive, neutral and negative service categories based on foraging behaviour enables inferences regarding the ‘value’ of vegetation remnants in terms of ecological services provided by native birds. These findings will be discussed in the context of a current research project on ecosystem services in agro-ecosystems of the southern Brigalow Belt.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Speech)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Conference publication consists of only the abstracts of conference presentations. Abstract only posted here.
Depositing User: Dr Andrew Le Brocque
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 12 May 2010 12:32
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: bird communities; brigalow; Acacia harpophylla
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 06 Biological Sciences > 0602 Ecology > 060208 Terrestrial Ecology
06 Biological Sciences > 0602 Ecology > 060202 Community Ecology(excl. Invasive Species Ecology)
05 Environmental Sciences > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050104 Landscape Ecology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9613 Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas > 961306 Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas in Forest and Woodlands Environments
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960804 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9613 Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas > 961305 Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas in Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Environments
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960805 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7124

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