TERENO - Schafstaedt - Germany
TERENO - Schafstaedt
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 Schafstädt is part of the "Querfurter Platte" ranking about the richest soils in Germany. It is characterized by a quite flat topography and a mean elevation of 177 m asl. The average size of crop fields is highest compared to the other sites and the total area covered by crop fields is still 97 % and all semi-natural habitats summing up to 2 %.
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 like wild bees, 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 and land use data are available since 1960, vegetation, bird and arthropod monitoring has once been done in 2001-2002 during the EU project Greenveins and all taxa 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).
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