Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Ground-nesting birds on green roofs in Switzerland : preliminary observations
Authors: Baumann, Nathalie
Published in: Urban Habitats
Volume(Issue): 4
Issue: 1
Pages: 37
Pages to: 50
Issue Date: Dec-2006
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Center for Urban Restoration Ecology
ISSN: 1541-7115
Language: English
Subjects: Ecological compensation; Urban Ecology; Urban Biodiversity
Subject (DDC): 577: Ecology
Abstract: Bird species in Switzerland are threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation due to increasing urbanization. New research is showing that green roofs can provide food habitat for some bird species. But little research has been done on the potential of green roofs for providing nesting locations for birds, particularly ground-nesting species. This preliminary two-year study (part of a larger, multiyear project) examined the breeding success of the little ringed plover (Charadrius dubius) and northern lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) on flat green roofs in five sites in Switzerland surrounded by varied levels of development. Results show that northern lapwings have begun to breed consistently, though as of yet unsuccessfully, on some green roofs. Because the observation time was short, the available data are incomplete. Nonetheless, they show certain tendencies with regard to the habitat selection and behavior of young and adult birds – important information that can be applied to future research and green roof design.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: Life Sciences and Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Natural Resource Sciences (IUNR)
Appears in collections:Publikationen Life Sciences und Facility Management

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