TERENO - Harsleben - Germany
TERENO - Harsleben
Parent Site Name
population and community ecology
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 Harsleben is north of the city of Quedlinburg. A part of it was formerly military training area which was afterwards just grazed by sheep. The site is characterized by a mostly flat topography and has a mean elevation of 143 m asl. The total area covered by crop fields is 67 % and all semi-natural habitats summing up to 17 %.
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).
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