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dc.contributor.authorPetrovan, SO
dc.contributor.authorDixie, J
dc.contributor.authorYapp, E
dc.contributor.authorWheeler, PM
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-08T13:39:51Z
dc.date.available2017-08-08T13:39:51Z
dc.date.issued2017-06-01
dc.identifier.issn1612-4642
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/266043
dc.description.abstractBiomass energy crops are prompting major land-use changes in agricultural and marginal land in an effort to reduce dependency on fossil fuels. Miscanthus × giganteus, a perennial giant grass, is one of the main such crops in Europe but few studies exist of its interaction with farmland wildlife, particularly mammals. Understanding ecological impacts of bioenergy planting schemes is vital for mitigating potential negative effects on already declining farmland biodiversity and for maximising any benefits from these low-management, structurally diverse crops. We assessed in a mixed farming area in the UK the impact of Miscanthus crops on the brown hare (Lepus europaeus), a widespread but declining farmland species of conservation concern. We intensively radio-tracked hares in Miscanthus blocks of contrasting size and analysed hare diet for evidence of the consumption of Miscanthus. Home ranges differed starkly averaging 10.5 versus 49.6 ha in the small and the large Miscanthus blocks, respectively. Despite entirely avoiding the crop as food, hares appeared able to exist and even thrive in areas planted with Miscanthus though their populations may be significantly limited by reduced food availability and increased energy use where dense Miscanthus is planted over a wide area. As a component of a mixed farming landscape, Miscanthus may provide biodiversity benefits by increasing spatial heterogeneity and refuge areas for declining farmland species like brown hares but any effect is likely to be strongly scale-dependant.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherSpringer
dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 International
dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 International
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.titleBioenergy crops and farmland biodiversity: benefits and limitations are scale-dependant for a declining mammal, the brown hare
dc.typeArticle
prism.endingPage8
prism.issueIdentifier49
prism.publicationDate2017
prism.publicationNameEuropean Journal of Wildlife Research
prism.startingPage1
prism.volume63
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.12436
dcterms.dateAccepted2017-04-17
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1007/s10344-017-1106-5
rioxxterms.versionVoR
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2017-06-01
dc.contributor.orcidPetrovan, Silviu [0000-0002-3984-2403]
dc.identifier.eissn1439-0574
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
cam.issuedOnline2017-05-08


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