Birds and habitat: Relationships in changing landscapes

downloadedited by Robert J. Fuller

Shelfmark: HA/AA/19

Published in 2012 and edited by BTO’s Rob Fuller, this book is part of the popular Ecological Reviews series from Cambridge University Press. There are 20 chapters in 3 parts – The complexity of patterns and processes, Case studies of habitat use and selection, and Wider perspectives – each with their own extensive reference list of high quality illustrations.


The successful conservation of bird species relies upon our understanding of their habitat use and requirements. In the coming decades the importance of such knowledge will only grow as climate change, the development of new energy sources and the needs of a growing human population intensify the, already significant, pressure on the habitats that birds depend on. Drawing on valuable recent advances in our understanding of bird-habitat relationships, this book provides the first major review of avian habitat selection in over twenty years. It offers a synthesis of concepts, patterns and issues that will interest students, researchers and conservation practitioners. Spatial scales ranging from landscape to habitat patch are covered, and examples of responses to habitat change are examined. European landscapes are the main focus, but the book has far wider significance to similar habitats worldwide, with examples and relevant material also drawn from North America and Australia.


Part I – The complexity of patterns and processes

1. The bird and its habitat: an overview of concepts
2. Habitat quality and habitat occupancy by birds in variable environments
3. Spatial variation and temporal shifts in habitat use by birds at the European scale
4. Mechanisms and processes underlying landscape structure effects on bird populations
5. Avian responses to transitional habitats in temperate cultural landscapes: woodland edges and young-growth
6. Habitat associations of birds in complex changing cultural landscapes
7. The importance of habitat heterogeneity at multiple scales for birds in European agricultural landscapes

Part II – Case studies of habitat use and selection

8. Spatial variation and habitat relationships in moorland bird assemblages: a British perspective
9. Arctic-alpine mountain birds in northern Europe: contrasts between specialist and generalists
10. Bird-habitat relationships in reedswamps and fens
11. Breeding waders on wet grassland: factors influencing habitat suitability
12. Processes influencing bird use of estuarine mudflats and saltmarshes in western Europe
13. Avian habitat use on the non-estuarine intertidal coast
14. Temperate western European woodland as a dynamic environment for birds: a resource-based view

Part III – Wider perspectives

15. What is habitat quality? Dissecting a research portfolio on shorebirds
16. Understanding individual life-histories and habitat choices: implications for explaining population patterns and processes
17. Insufficient adaptation to climate change alters avian habitat quality and thereby changes habitat selection
18. Australian birds in a changing landscape: 220 years of European colonisation
19. Birds in cultural landscapes: actual and perceived differences between northeastern North America and western Europe
20. Birds and their changing habitat: thoughts on research and conservation strategies


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