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Effects of ditch management on caddisfly, dragonfly and amphibian larvae in intensively farmed peat areas
Twisk, W.; Noordervliet, M.A.W.; ter Keurs, W.J. (2000). Effects of ditch management on caddisfly, dragonfly and amphibian larvae in intensively farmed peat areas. Aquat. Ecol. 34(4): 397-411
In: Aquatic Ecology. Springer: Dordrecht; London; Boston. ISSN 1386-2588, more
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  • Twisk, W.
  • Noordervliet, M.A.W.
  • ter Keurs, W.J.

    Conservation of natural values within farming practice is growing rapidly within the Netherlands. The focus is primarily on terrestrial flora and fauna such as the vegetation in ditch banks and meadow birds. Knowledge needed to enhance biodiversity in ditches is limited. Therefore, a field study was set up to determine the effects of dredging, ditch cleaning and nutrient supply in the adjacent fields on caddisfly, dragonfly and amphibian larvae in the ditches in a peat area. Two-hundred forty ditches spread over 84 dairy farms were selected to determine the individual effect of several management aspects. Genera1ised linear modelling was used as a tool to detect the most relevant aspects and to obtain quantitative relations with the chance of the larvae being present. Dredging had an impact on the presence of all larvae types. The type of dredging machine, the dredging period, the water depth and the frequency of dredging can influence the presence of the larvae. The presence of caddisfly larvae was also affected by the cleaning machine and period and by the P supply in the adjacent field. The presence of amphibian larvaewas also affected by the cleaning period. Measures that will enhance the presence of the larvae are formulated. Options for water boards and other government authorities to stimulate farmers to take the measures are given.

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