Full metadata record
DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.authorBreuer, Gabriele-
dc.contributor.authorSchlegel, Jürg-
dc.contributor.authorRupf, Reto-
dc.description.abstractThe management of Swiss Beverin Nature Park in the Canton of Grisons is interested in establishing insects as flagship species to promote the Schams Mountain (“Schamserberg”) ecosystem and wants to base the decision-making process on quantitative research. A survey on attitudes towards insects was designed and then completed by 331 local pupils, aged 8 to 16. The standardized questionnaire presented 11 adult butterflies/moths, 4 caterpillars and 7 other insects individually in colour photographs and asked how pretty, interesting, disgusting or fear-inducing the species were. Additionally, the underlying reasons for the reaction in terms of an animal’s colour, pattern, body feature or movement and sound were sought. The results add details to existing research and can serve as helpful information for both the creation of environmental education programmes and the selection of resident insects as flagship species. The expected positive perception of butterflies/moths was confirmed, while other insects were perceived as interesting and, if colourful, even pretty. In general, children noticed colour details. For levels of disgust, body features were important, while colour and pattern were largely irrelevant. As attitudes differed and tended to become more negative with higher-age participants, it is recommended that environmental education starts early and is target-group specific. Most of the insect species studied might serve as appropriate flagship species, based on their prettiness or the interest they attract. The final choice should also reflect the accessibility of their actual habitat. As a next step, the Beverin Nature Park is advised to conduct further focused research on the specific distribution of the potential flagship insects within the park. On this basis, appropriate nature trails could be established with emphasis on environmental education.de_CH
dc.publisherInnsbruck University Pressde_CH
dc.rightsLicence according to publishing contractde_CH
dc.subject.ddc333.7: Landflächen, Erholungsgebiete und Energiede_CH
dc.titleSelecting insects as flagship species for Beverin nature park in Switzerland : a survey of local school children on their attitudes towards butterflies and other insectsde_CH
dc.typeBeitrag in wissenschaftlicher Zeitschriftde_CH
zhaw.departementLife Sciences und Facility Managementde_CH
zhaw.organisationalunitInstitut für Umwelt und Natürliche Ressourcen (IUNR)de_CH
zhaw.publication.reviewPeer review (Publikation)de_CH
zhaw.funding.zhawFlagship species im angewandten Naturschutzde_CH
Appears in Collections:Publikationen Life Sciences und Facility Management

Files in This Item:
There are no files associated with this item.

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.