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Authors Curado, G., E. Figueroa, M. I. Sanchez and J. M. Castillo
Title Avian communities in Spartina maritima restored and non-restored salt marshes
Source Bird Study
Author Keywords habitat structure bird communities tagus estuary seagrass beds tidal marshes river estuary restoration connecticut consequences shorebirds
Abstract Capsule Salt marsh restoration with the native halophytes Spartina maritima and Zostera noltii can lead to significant improvement in habitat, increasing bird diversity over a 2-year period. Aims To assess the evolution of the avian communities in S. maritima restored salt marshes 2 years after planting, in comparison with adjacent non-restored marshes in the Odiel Marshes (southwest Iberian Peninsula). Methods Bird censuses were conducted from October 2008 to September 2009 in rectangular plots in three locations in both restored and non-restored marshes during high tides and low tides. Results A total of 44 bird species, including 20 shorebird species, were recorded. Most species belonged to Charadriidae, Scolopacidae, Laridae and Sterninae. Eight threatened bird species were recorded in restored marshes. Ecological diversity of the avian communities varied between 1.13 and 1.77. Restored marshes showed higher ecological diversity and evenness and lower Simpson dominance index than non-restored marshes. Conclusion Salt marsh restoration with the native halophytes S. maritima and Z. noltii can lead to significant short-term (over 2 years) improvements in bird diversity.
Author Address [Curado, Guillermo; Figueroa, Enrique; Castillo, Jesus M.] Univ Seville, Dept Biol Vegetal & Ecol, E-41080 Seville, Spain. [Sanchez, Marta I.] CSIC, Estn Biol Donana, Dept Wetland Ecol, E-41092 Seville, Spain. Castillo, JM (reprint author), Univ Seville, Dept Biol Vegetal & Ecol, Ap 1095, E-41080 Seville, Spain. manucas@us.es
ISSN 0006-3657
ISBN 0006-3657
29-Character Source Abbreviation Bird Stud.
Publication Date May
Year Published 2013
Volume 60
Issue 2
Beginning Page 185-194
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 10.1080/00063657.2013.790875
Unique Article Identifier WOS:000326713400005
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