TERENO - Siptenfelde - Germany
TERENO - Siptenfelde
Parent Site Name
The sites Friedeburg, Greifenhagen, Harsleben, Schafstädt, Siptenfelde and Wanzleben are part of the TERENO Harz / Central German Lowland Observatory in Saxony-Anhalt run by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ. These sites have a focus on biodiversity monitoring in the “normal landscape” which is characterized by agricultural use (about 60 % coverage of Saxony-Anhalt). Each site is a 4x4 km landscape of mainly arable land and semi-natural habitats like e.g. hedges and forests. The site Siptenfelde is in the eastern part of the Harz mountains and characterized by a distinct topography. The mean elevation is 423 m asl and besides meadows and agricultural fields the village Siptenfelde is surrounded by forest. Thus the area covered by forest amounts to 61 %, crop fields 18 % and all semi-natural habitats sum up to 15 %.
General Characteristics, Purpose, History
The main purpose of the six sites mentioned above is to investigate effects of land use and climate on biodiversity patterns in agriculturally dominated landscapes. Specifically we focus on vascular plants (surveyed each second to third year), arthropods (mainly pollinators, surveyed yearly by combined flight traps and butterfly transect counts) and birds (surveyed each third year) in relation to land use and climate change. Vegetation, land use data, bird and arthropod monitoring are regularly surveyed since 2009 (birds: 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017) and 2010 (insects) after the TERENO project started. A central weather station provides temperature, precipitation and humidity data and temperature loggers are attached to each trap to measure the local conditions. Moreover, crops grown are mapped each year and all habitats are classified according to the third level of EUNIS (European Nature Information System, https://eunis.eea.europa.eu/habitats-code-browser.jsp). For hydrological investigations a many devices are installed (weather station, groundwater gauges, soil moisture sensor network).
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