Urban Woodland Butterfly Habitat Suitability

Neal, Bradley; Araya, Yoseph and Wheeler, Philip (2022). Urban Woodland Butterfly Habitat Suitability. In: British Ecological Society (BES) Annual Meeting 2022, 18-21 Dec 2022, EICC, Edinburgh, UK.

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Milton Keynes (MK) has a unique network of well-vegetated roads, and has five major patches of ancient woodlands, plus a mixture of amenity woodlands. As urbanization expands rapidly, studying impacts of fragmentation is important, and may also have implications for butterflies living within a hostile matrix elsewhere.

Using single-line transect Pollard walks and survey of structural diversity in 10 woodlands in Milton Keynes, we found that Ancient Woodlands supported the largest and most diversity butterfly communities, even in small sites, and that habitat difference between communities may explain community composition but the picture is complex at this stage.

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