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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
  • Proposes a step-by-step tool to monitoring the HNV farmlands using bird species

  • Provides a clear definition of HNV farmlands and the application of the bioindicator concept

  • Includes European case studies with detailed results and procedures

  • Provides a brief explanation about species distribution models SDM used in conservation

  • Suggests useful R packages useful in the proposed methodology


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

About the editors

Federico Morelli is a Quantitative Ecologist, currently working as Researcher at the Czech University of Life Sciences (Prague, Czech Republic). He has been involved in several European projects modelling the impact of land use and climate change on spatial distribution of biodiversity. The main focus of his research interests is related to the response of species distribution models to multiscale predictors, the effects of landscape metrics on biodiversity patterns, the development and test of several bioindicators and the general topics of macroecology.

Piotr Tryjanowski is a professor and director of the Institute of Zoology at Poznan University of Life Sciences. His research interest includes mainly ecology of vertebrates, with particular attention to the effect of climate and environmental changes on birds and mammals. For instance, since more than 25 years he studies farmland bird populations in Poland.

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“The book is well illustrated with maps, graphs and schematics throughout, which helps communicate complex ideas to the reader, and is extensively referenced. Although this is a highly niche area, the focus on methods and real-world applications make this a useful book for those working in this specific area.” (Anne Goodenough, The Bulletin British Ecological Society, Vol. 49 (1) March, 2018)

“The aim of this book was to provide a framework to use birds as indicators of High Nature Value (HNV) farmlands, and it includes five chapters on general aspects of HNV and three chapters which cover as many case-studies. … This book would be appropriate as a basic read on the subject.” (Daria Dadam, BTO British Trust for Ornithology,, March, 2017)