A paradox for conservation: Electricity pylons may benefit avian diversity in intensive farmland

P. Tryjanowski, Tim Sparks, L. Jerzak, Z.M. Rosin, P. Skórka

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    37 Citations (Scopus)

    Abstract

    Over the past century, electricity power lines have been a conspicuous part of the European landscape. These structures are generally known to cause fatalities to birds. However, some bird species use electricity poles as nesting structures, song posts, or for perching. Other, but not-acknowledged, benefits probably include the marginal habitats around the base of pylons. We tested differences in breeding bird communities under pylons, under electricity high-voltage power lines, and in adjacent open fields. Birds were counted twice during the 2011 breeding season in a total of 91 study plots located in the intensive farmland of western Poland. Both species number and bird abundance were significantly higher under pylons and under power lines at control points than in open fields, especially where there were shrubs under the pylons. Pylons and power lines locally may play a positive role for the avian community in intensive farmland, especially if vegetation succession under pylons is allowed to develop to the shrub stage.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)34-40
    JournalConservation Letters
    Volume7
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Fingerprint

    power line
    electricity
    agricultural land
    birds
    bird
    shrub
    shrubs
    song
    breeding season
    animal communication
    Poland
    vegetation
    habitat
    breeding
    habitats

    Bibliographical note

    The full text of this item is not available from the repository.
    This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Tryjanowski, P. , Sparks, T. , Jerzak, L. , Rosin, Z.M. and Skórka, P. (2014) A paradox for conservation: Electricity pylons may benefit avian diversity in intensive farmland. Conservation Letters, volume 7 (1): 34-40, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/conl.12022/abstract .

    Keywords

    • birds
    • electricity
    • farmland
    • nesting
    • Poland
    • power line
    • pylon

    Cite this

    A paradox for conservation: Electricity pylons may benefit avian diversity in intensive farmland. / Tryjanowski, P.; Sparks, Tim; Jerzak, L.; Rosin, Z.M.; Skórka, P.

    In: Conservation Letters, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2014, p. 34-40.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Tryjanowski, P. ; Sparks, Tim ; Jerzak, L. ; Rosin, Z.M. ; Skórka, P. / A paradox for conservation: Electricity pylons may benefit avian diversity in intensive farmland. In: Conservation Letters. 2014 ; Vol. 7, No. 1. pp. 34-40.
    @article{7c68363418a947abbac4543e900679a2,
    title = "A paradox for conservation: Electricity pylons may benefit avian diversity in intensive farmland",
    abstract = "Over the past century, electricity power lines have been a conspicuous part of the European landscape. These structures are generally known to cause fatalities to birds. However, some bird species use electricity poles as nesting structures, song posts, or for perching. Other, but not-acknowledged, benefits probably include the marginal habitats around the base of pylons. We tested differences in breeding bird communities under pylons, under electricity high-voltage power lines, and in adjacent open fields. Birds were counted twice during the 2011 breeding season in a total of 91 study plots located in the intensive farmland of western Poland. Both species number and bird abundance were significantly higher under pylons and under power lines at control points than in open fields, especially where there were shrubs under the pylons. Pylons and power lines locally may play a positive role for the avian community in intensive farmland, especially if vegetation succession under pylons is allowed to develop to the shrub stage.",
    keywords = "birds, electricity, farmland, nesting, Poland, power line, pylon",
    author = "P. Tryjanowski and Tim Sparks and L. Jerzak and Z.M. Rosin and P. Sk{\'o}rka",
    note = "The full text of this item is not available from the repository. This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Tryjanowski, P. , Sparks, T. , Jerzak, L. , Rosin, Z.M. and Sk{\'o}rka, P. (2014) A paradox for conservation: Electricity pylons may benefit avian diversity in intensive farmland. Conservation Letters, volume 7 (1): 34-40, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/conl.12022/abstract .",
    year = "2014",
    doi = "10.1111/conl.12022",
    language = "English",
    volume = "7",
    pages = "34--40",
    journal = "Conservation Letters",
    issn = "1755-263X",
    publisher = "Wiley",
    number = "1",

    }

    TY - JOUR

    T1 - A paradox for conservation: Electricity pylons may benefit avian diversity in intensive farmland

    AU - Tryjanowski, P.

    AU - Sparks, Tim

    AU - Jerzak, L.

    AU - Rosin, Z.M.

    AU - Skórka, P.

    N1 - The full text of this item is not available from the repository. This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Tryjanowski, P. , Sparks, T. , Jerzak, L. , Rosin, Z.M. and Skórka, P. (2014) A paradox for conservation: Electricity pylons may benefit avian diversity in intensive farmland. Conservation Letters, volume 7 (1): 34-40, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/conl.12022/abstract .

    PY - 2014

    Y1 - 2014

    N2 - Over the past century, electricity power lines have been a conspicuous part of the European landscape. These structures are generally known to cause fatalities to birds. However, some bird species use electricity poles as nesting structures, song posts, or for perching. Other, but not-acknowledged, benefits probably include the marginal habitats around the base of pylons. We tested differences in breeding bird communities under pylons, under electricity high-voltage power lines, and in adjacent open fields. Birds were counted twice during the 2011 breeding season in a total of 91 study plots located in the intensive farmland of western Poland. Both species number and bird abundance were significantly higher under pylons and under power lines at control points than in open fields, especially where there were shrubs under the pylons. Pylons and power lines locally may play a positive role for the avian community in intensive farmland, especially if vegetation succession under pylons is allowed to develop to the shrub stage.

    AB - Over the past century, electricity power lines have been a conspicuous part of the European landscape. These structures are generally known to cause fatalities to birds. However, some bird species use electricity poles as nesting structures, song posts, or for perching. Other, but not-acknowledged, benefits probably include the marginal habitats around the base of pylons. We tested differences in breeding bird communities under pylons, under electricity high-voltage power lines, and in adjacent open fields. Birds were counted twice during the 2011 breeding season in a total of 91 study plots located in the intensive farmland of western Poland. Both species number and bird abundance were significantly higher under pylons and under power lines at control points than in open fields, especially where there were shrubs under the pylons. Pylons and power lines locally may play a positive role for the avian community in intensive farmland, especially if vegetation succession under pylons is allowed to develop to the shrub stage.

    KW - birds

    KW - electricity

    KW - farmland

    KW - nesting

    KW - Poland

    KW - power line

    KW - pylon

    U2 - 10.1111/conl.12022

    DO - 10.1111/conl.12022

    M3 - Article

    VL - 7

    SP - 34

    EP - 40

    JO - Conservation Letters

    JF - Conservation Letters

    SN - 1755-263X

    IS - 1

    ER -