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Article: Avian ecological diversity as an indicator of urban forest functionality. Results from two case studies in northern and southern Italy

TitleAvian ecological diversity as an indicator of urban forest functionality. Results from two case studies in northern and southern Italy
Authors
KeywordsEcological indicators
Urban greenspaces. © 2009 international society of arboriculture
Point-counts
Italy
Forest birds
Urban biodiversity
Urban environments
Issue Date2009
Citation
Arboriculture and Urban Forestry, 2009, v. 35, n. 2, p. 80-86 How to Cite?
AbstractGreenspaces and forest trees contribute to a number of environmental functions in urban environments, such as the survival of urban-dwelling species (e.g., bird species). This paper analyzes the relationship between greenspace characteristics (structural and spatial attributes) and the diversity of avian ecology species. This provides research findings coming from two studies conducted in Italy. Using point-count method, a quantification was done of the abundance and diversity of bird species in a number of greenspaces having different structural attributes (e.g., vegetation type, tree height) and spatial characteristics (e.g., location, connectivity). Results showed positive correlations between greenspaces with a more diverse and mature forest vegetation and the number of specimens and species observed in the two studies. A positive correlation appeared also between distance to the city centre and richness and abundance of bird species. Finally, we discuss some of the main implications for enhancing the functional attributes of greenspaces by using avian ecological indicators to inform ecologically sound urban planning and design.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/250963
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dc.contributor.authorSanesi, Giovanni-
dc.contributor.authorPadoa-Schioppa, Emilio-
dc.contributor.authorLorusso, Leonardo-
dc.contributor.authorBottoni, Luciana-
dc.contributor.authorLafortezza, Raffaele-
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-01T01:54:12Z-
dc.date.available2018-02-01T01:54:12Z-
dc.date.issued2009-
dc.identifier.citationArboriculture and Urban Forestry, 2009, v. 35, n. 2, p. 80-86-
dc.identifier.issn0278-5226-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/250963-
dc.description.abstractGreenspaces and forest trees contribute to a number of environmental functions in urban environments, such as the survival of urban-dwelling species (e.g., bird species). This paper analyzes the relationship between greenspace characteristics (structural and spatial attributes) and the diversity of avian ecology species. This provides research findings coming from two studies conducted in Italy. Using point-count method, a quantification was done of the abundance and diversity of bird species in a number of greenspaces having different structural attributes (e.g., vegetation type, tree height) and spatial characteristics (e.g., location, connectivity). Results showed positive correlations between greenspaces with a more diverse and mature forest vegetation and the number of specimens and species observed in the two studies. A positive correlation appeared also between distance to the city centre and richness and abundance of bird species. Finally, we discuss some of the main implications for enhancing the functional attributes of greenspaces by using avian ecological indicators to inform ecologically sound urban planning and design.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofArboriculture and Urban Forestry-
dc.subjectEcological indicators-
dc.subjectUrban greenspaces. © 2009 international society of arboriculture-
dc.subjectPoint-counts-
dc.subjectItaly-
dc.subjectForest birds-
dc.subjectUrban biodiversity-
dc.subjectUrban environments-
dc.titleAvian ecological diversity as an indicator of urban forest functionality. Results from two case studies in northern and southern Italy-
dc.typeArticle-
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dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-79952019761-
dc.identifier.volume35-
dc.identifier.issue2-
dc.identifier.spage80-
dc.identifier.epage86-

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