This book brings together a selection of original studies that address biodiversity and conservation in Europe. The contributions are drawn from a wide range of countries and discuss diverse organism and habitat types. They collectively provide a snap-shot of the sorts of studies and actions being taken in Europe to address issues in biodiversity and conservation – topical examples that make the volume especially valuable for use in conservation biology courses.
Table of ContentsBiodiversity gradients in the Alps: the overridingimportance of elevation; Sergio.- Determining high value areas for steppe birds in Spain: hot spots, complementarity and the efficiency of protected areas; Traba.- The Berger?Parker index as an effective tool for monitoring the biodiversity of disturbed soils: a case study on Mediterranean oribatid (Acari: Oribatida) assemblages; Caruso.- The effects of fire on communities, guilds and species of breeding birds in burnt and control pinewoods in central Italy; Luiselli.- Indicators for plant species richness in pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) forests of Germany; Zerbe.- The social negotiation of nature conservation policy: conserving pinewoods in the Scottish Highlands; Midgley.- Identifying new buffer areas for conserving waterbirds in the Mediterranean basin: the importance of the rice fields in Extremadura, Spain; Sánchez-Guzmán.- Impact of wind turbines on birds in Zeebrugge (Belgium); Everaert.- The Iberian ibex is under an expansion trend but displaced to suboptimal habitats by the presence of extensive goat livestock in central Spain; Acevedo.- Testing indicators of epiphytic lichen diversity: a case study in N Italy; Nascimbene.- Analysis and evaluation of ecosystem resilience: an economic perspective with an application to the Venice lagoon; Vergano.- Natural oak forest vs. ancient pine plantations: lizard microhabitat use may explain the effects of ancient reforestations on distribution and conservation of Iberian lizards; Amo.- Tracking the effects of one century of habitat loss and fragmentation on calcareous grassland butterfly communities; Polus.- The distribution pattern of centipedes in four primeval forests of central Slovakia; Jabin.- spp. biodiversity in one of the southernmost European distribution areas; Pomarico.- Multi-scale analysis ofbutterfly diversity in a Mediterranean mountain landscape: mapping and evaluation of community vulnerability; Scalercio.- Habitat use of booted eagles () in a special protection area: implications for conservation; Martínez.- Is the wild rabbit () a threatened species in spain? Sociological constraints in the conservation of species; Virgós.- Identifying core areas in a species? Range using temporal suitability analysis: an example using little Bustards L. in Spain; Osborne.- Discovery of a regular nesting area of loggerhead turtle Caretta caretta in southern Italy: a new perspective for national conservation; Mingozzi.-Benefits of habitat restoration to small mammal diversity and abundance in a pastoral agricultural landscape in mid-Wales; Moro.- Modelling habitat use and distribution of golden eagles Aquila chrysaetos in a low-density area of the Iberian Peninsula; Tapia.-The arctic fox Alopex lagopus in Fennoscandia: a victim of human-induced changes in interspecific competition and predation? Selås.- Do biodiversity patterns in Dutch wetland complexes relate to variation in urbanisation, intensity of agricultural land use or fragmentation?; Vermaat.- Translocation of an endangered insect species, the field cricket (Gryllus campestris Linnaeus, 1758) in northern Germany; Hochkirch.- Diversity, geographic variation and conservationof the serpentine flora of Tuscany (Italy); Selvi.- Conservation of taxonomic and biological trait diversity of European stream macroinvertebrate communities: a case for a collective public database; Statzner.- Ecotourism disturbance to wildfowl in protected areas: historical, empirical and experimental approaches in the Camargue, southern France; Guillemain.- The effect of femel- and small scale clear-cutting on ground dwelling spider communities in a Norway spruce forest