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Pond biodiversity and habitat loss in the UK

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posted on 02.09.2013 by Paul Wood, Malcolm T. Greenwood, M.D. Agnew
Ponds are common landscape features but have been poorly studied compared to other freshwater habitats in the UK, despite their high frequency of occurrence. In the last century, many ponds have been lost and those that remain face increasing pressure due to agricultural land drainage, pollution and urban development. However, ponds provide important habitats for diverse floral and faunal communities including a number of rare taxa of conservation interest. This paper examines the biodiversity and wider environmental value of ponds with particular reference to the aquatic invertebrate and amphibian communities they support, and the adverse impact of anthropogenic activity on their aquatic habitats.

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  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Geography and Environment

Citation

WOOD, P.J., GREENWOOD, M.T. and AGNEW, M.D., 2013. Pond biodiversity and habitat loss in the UK. Area, 35 (2), pp.206-216.

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell / © Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of British Geographers)

Version

SMUR (Submitted Manuscript Under Review)

Publication date

2003

Notes

This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the article, which has been published in final form at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1475-4762.00249

ISSN

0004-0894

eISSN

1475-4762

Language

en

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