Managing biodiversity in upland calcareous grassland landscapes: A case study of spiders and ground beetles

Lyons, Ashley and Oxbrough, A and Ashton, P.A. (2018) Managing biodiversity in upland calcareous grassland landscapes: A case study of spiders and ground beetles. Edge Hill University, UK. ISBN 978190023062-9

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PREFACE: This document is the product of a research project that examined the impacts of contrasting grazing management on plants, carabid beetles and spiders in upland calcareous grasslands and associated habitats in Britain. The project was funded by Edge Hill University and conducted by researchers at the same institution between 2013 and 2017. The initial project idea was developed following discussion with Natural England site managers who highlighted a knowledge gap on the impacts of commonly used management practices. Throughout the project a series of meetings were held between the authors and practitioners from a range of organisations involved in upland calcareous grassland management (including: Natural England, The National Trust, The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority) to ensure research was as relevant and as reflective to practice as possible. This document summarises results of this project and makes management recommendations based on these results and wider information known about the ecology of spiders, beetles and plants. The full project can be accessed at: https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/biology/calcareous-grassland-research/. Details of publications resulting from this work are available from the authors or: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ashley_Lyons/publications?pubType=article. Suitability of management recommendations presented in this document were discussed with practitioners, academics and graziers at the Upland Calcareous Grassland Workshop at Ingleborough NNR on 15th August 2017, and where required they were amended based on input from the workshop. The document has been written in discussion with Natural England and is intended to assist conservation practitioners and policy makers in making management decisions that contribute to the conservation of spiders, ground beetles and plants in upland calcareous grassland landscapes. The authors would like to thank Richard Jefferson, Colin Newlands, Martin Furness, Claire Pinches and David Key of Natural England for helpful discussion when planning this document, along with all participants at the Upland Calcareous Grassland Workshop for their input. Thanks is also extended to the Agroecology group at Georg-August University Göttingen for hosting Ashley Lyons when conducting further research for this project. Thanks also to the Belgian Arachnological Society ARABEL and Jim Lindsey for kindly providing spider images and to Thom Dallimore for producing illustrations of grassland structure. Particular thanks to Jacqueline Loos, David Key and Colin Newlands for their helpful reviews of this document prior to publication. Funding for this project was provided by The Stapledon Memorial Trust and Edge Hill University. Cite this document as: Lyons A., Oxbrough A. and Ashton P.* (2018) Managing biodiversity in upland calcareous grassland landscapes: a case study of spiders and ground beetles. Edge Hill University, Lancashire, UK. Pages 1-36. ISBN: 978-1-900230-62-9 * Corresponding author: Paul Ashton, Edge Hill University, ashtonp@edgehill.ac.uk

Item Type: Book
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > Geography and Environmental Science
Depositing User: Ashley Lyons
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2019 08:22
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2019 08:22
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2797

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