Temporary ponds in the UK; a critical biodiversity resource for freshwater plants and animals

Nicolet, Pascal (2001) Temporary ponds in the UK; a critical biodiversity resource for freshwater plants and animals. Freshwater Forum, 17, pp. 16-25.

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Abstract

The importance of ponds for biodiversity in Britain has been demonstrated by a number of studies. However, most of the research and interest has been directed at permanent waterbodies, and temporary ponds have been largely neglected. In this article the author present some preliminary findings from a project which aims to fill some of the many gaps in our knowledge of temporary ponds in Britain. The project, which runs for three years until the end of 2001, aims specifically to investigate the ecology of temporary ponds in England and Wales by describing (i) their wetland plant and macroinvertebrate communities, (ii) their physico-chemical characteristics, and (iii) their value as a biodiversity resource. The article focuses on the assessment of temporary ponds as a biodiversity resource and briefly considers aspects of species richness, rarity and distinctiveness. Where possible, temporary ponds are compared with other waterbody types, mainly permanent ponds from the National Pond Survey (NPS), to give the results a broader context.

Item Type: Article
Title: Temporary ponds in the UK; a critical biodiversity resource for freshwater plants and animals
Personal Creator/Author:
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Nicolet, Pascal
Refereed: No
Journal or Publication Title: Freshwater Forum
Volume: 17
Page Range: pp. 16-25
Date: 2001
ISSN: 0961-4664
Issuing Agency: Freshwater Biological Association
Uncontrolled Keywords: Temporary ponds; Freshwater ecology; Habitat; Species diversity; Biodiversity; UK
Subjects: Ecology
Limnology
Item ID: 4645
Depositing User: Hardy B Schwamm
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2010 18:08
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 16:07
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/4645

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