Birds as Useful Indicators of High Nature Value Farmlands

Using Species Distribution Models as a Tool for Monitoring the Health of Agro-ecosystems

  • Federico Morelli
  • Piotr Tryjanowski

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Federico Morelli, Yanina Benedetti, Piotr Tryjanowski
    Pages 1-26
  3. Piotr Tryjanowski, Federico Morelli
    Pages 53-68
  4. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Federico Morelli, Leszek Jerzak, Piotr Tryjanowski
      Pages 71-88
    3. João E. Rabaça, Luísa Catarino, Pedro Pereira, António Luís, Carlos Godinho
      Pages 89-106
    4. Federico Morelli, Piotr Tryjanowski
      Pages 115-120

About this book


This book helps to establish a simple framework to identify and use bird species as a bioindicator for high nature value (HNV) farmlands.

This book focuses on suitable methods for monitoring the HNV areas, and presents the results of several case studies. The chapters put forward ways to integrate ecosystems assessment, geographical information systems (GIS) and strategies for conservation of local biodiversity. An innovative framework focuses on the use of species distribution models (SDMs) in order to explore the importance of each characteristic of HNV farmlands.

Furthermore, the book examines the relationships among bird species richness, land use diversity and landscape metrics at a local scale in the farmlands.


HNV farmland bioindicator species distribution models biodiversity conservation farmland bird ecology agro-ecosystem health

Editors and affiliations

  • Federico Morelli
    • 1
  • Piotr Tryjanowski
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Department of Applied Geoinformatics and Spatial PlanningCzech University of Life Sciences PragueKamýcká 129Czech Republic
  2. 2.Institute of ZoologyPoznań University of Life SciencesPoznańPoland

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