Land use and management changes such as habitat conversion and infrastructure development influence habitat availability for many species. In intensive agricultural settings, fragmentation is one of the major threats to species diversity and survival. For example, reducing habitat connectivity invariably leads to the reduction of dispersal and genetic exchange between populations.
To preserve species and their (meta) populations in agricultural setting, BioSense researchers distinguish between different levels of fragmentation in relation to species-specific requirements, support the development of green eco networks and perform habitat network assessments. They update species inventory and perform animal field observations and digital tracking, to gain knowledge on the species range, distribution and population status and potentially suitable habitats. BioSense researchers have performed habitat monitoring and mapping for a– European ground squirrel (Spermophilus citellus; EGS), b– European roller (Coracias garrulus) and c– saker falcon (Falco cherrug).