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2. We present a methodology for biodiversity auditing. We quantified regional biodiversity by systematically collating available species records, allowing objective prioritization. We collated autecological information to integrate multiple species into management guilds with shared requirements, providing evidence-based guidance for regional conservation.
3. For two regions of Eastern England, Breckland (2300 km^2 ) and The Broads (2000 km^2 ), we collated 083 and 15-million records, respectively. Numbers of species (12 845 and 11 067) and priority species (rare, threatened, designated or regionally restricted: 2097 and 1519, respectively) were orders of magnitude greater than previously recognized. Regional specialists, with a UK range largely or entirely restricted to the region, were poorly recognized posing a risk of regional homogenization.
4. A large body of autecological information existed for priority species and collating this allowed us to define cross-taxa management guilds. Numbers of priority species requiring different combinations of ecological processes and conditions were not matched by current conservation practice in Breckland. For example, the current agri-environment agreements for designated grass heaths potentially catered for only 15% of the 542 priority species and 21% of 47 regional specialists that could potentially benefit from evidence-based management. A focus on vegetation composition rather than the ecological requirements of priority species underpinned this failure.
5. Synthesis and applications. The biodiversity audit approach provides an objective model for prioritization and cost-effective conservation, applicable to regions of Europe where biodiversity has been well characterized. By using this approach to collate available information, management guilds with similar requirements can be defined across taxa, providing evidence-based guidance for regional conservation
- citizen science
- conservation effectiveness
- conservation management
- evidence-based conservation
- habitat management
- management guild
- multispecies assemblage
- regional distinctivess
- semi-natural habitat
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Experimental evidence that novel land management interventions inspired by history enhance biodiversityHawkes, R. W., Smart, J., Brown, A., Jones, H., Lane, S. A., Lucas, C., McGill, J., Owens, N., Ratier Backes, A., Webb, J. R., Wells, D. & Dolman, P. M., May 2021, In: Journal of Applied Ecology. 58, 5, p. 905-918 14 p.
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Arthropod traits and assemblages differ between core patches, transient stepping-stones and landscape corridorsPedley, S. & Dolman, P., Apr 2020, In: Landscape Ecology. 35, 4, p. 937–952 16 p.
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Modelling biodiversity distribution in agricultural landscapes to support ecological network planningMossman, H., Panter, C. & Dolman, P., Sep 2015, In: Landscape and Urban Planning. 141, p. 59-67 9 p.
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