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dc.contributor.authorButler, Simon J.
dc.contributor.authorBrooks, David
dc.contributor.authorFeber, Ruth E.
dc.contributor.authorStorkey, Jonathan
dc.contributor.authorVickery, Juliet A.
dc.contributor.authorNorris, Ken
dc.date.accessioned2012-04-12T07:58:09Z
dc.date.available2012-04-12T07:58:09Z
dc.date.issued2009-12
dc.identifier.citationButler , S J , Brooks , D , Feber , R E , Storkey , J , Vickery , J A & Norris , K 2009 , ' A cross-taxonomic index for quantifying the health of farmland biodiversity ' , Journal of Applied Ecology , vol. 46 , no. 6 , pp. 1154-1162 . https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2664.2009.01709.x
dc.identifier.issn0021-8901
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 777948
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 47a3dee1-0c01-47d3-9a5b-8d849f4b57ee
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000272193300003
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 72849124274
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2299/8298
dc.description.abstract1. The development of sustainable, multi-functional agricultural systems involves reconciling the needs of agricultural production with the objectives for environmental protection, including biodiversity conservation. However, the definition of sustainability remains ambiguous and it has proven difficult to identify suitable indicators for monitoring progress towards, and the successful achievement of, sustainability. 2. In this study, we show that a trait-based approach can be used to assess the detrimental impacts of agricultural change to a broad range of taxonomic groupings and derive a standardised index of farmland biodiversity health, built around an objective of achieving stable or increasing populations in all species associated with agricultural landscapes. 3. To demonstrate its application, we assess the health of UK farmland biodiversity relative to this goal. Our results suggest that the populations of two-thirds of 333 plant and animal species assessed are unsustainable under current UK agricultural practices. 4. We then explore the potential benefits of an agri-environment scheme, Entry Level Stewardship (ELS), to farmland biodiversity in the UK under differing levels of risk mitigation delivery. We show that ELS has the potential to make a significant contribution to progress towards sustainability targets but that this potential is severely restricted by current patterns of scheme deployment. 5.Synthesis and applications: We have developed a cross-taxonomic sustainability index which can be used to assess both the current health of farmland biodiversity and the impacts of future agricultural changes relative to quantitative biodiversity targets. Although biodiversity conservation is just one of a number of factors that must be considered when defining sustainability, we believe our cross-taxonomic index has the potential to be a valuable tool for guiding the development of sustainable agricultural systems.en
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dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Applied Ecology
dc.subjectagriculture
dc.subjectagri-environment schemes
dc.subjectbiodiversity health
dc.subjectrisk assessment
dc.subjectsustainable development
dc.subjectAGRI-ENVIRONMENT SCHEMES
dc.subjectAGRICULTURAL LAND-USE
dc.subjectMANAGEMENT
dc.subjectBIRDS
dc.subjectINTENSIFICATION
dc.subjectSUSTAINABILITY
dc.subjectGRASSLAND
dc.subjectMARGINS
dc.subjectENGLAND
dc.subjectPLANTS
dc.titleA cross-taxonomic index for quantifying the health of farmland biodiversityen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Human and Environmental Sciences
dc.contributor.institutionHealth & Human Sciences Research Institute
dc.contributor.institutionGeography, Environment and Agriculture
dc.contributor.institutionCrop and Environmental Protection
dc.description.statusPeer reviewed
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dcterms.dateAccepted2009-12
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