East Dartmoor Woods & Heaths NNR: Yarner Woods NNR. A comparative study to determine the spatial distribution of invertebrates in mature oak canopies with reference to the comparison of 3 canopy sampling techniques & 2 woodland management schemes (RP2168)

This MSc research project was to determine the spatial distribution of invertebrates in mature oak canopies in Yarner Wood NNR. Three sampling methods were used;

  • arboreal pitfall traps
  • vortex fan traps
  • bubble wrap traps

in 2 woodland habitats:

  • previously coppiced
  • open /mix conifer woodland

Ground pitfall traps were deployed around base of tree trunks to assess the relationship between ground fauna & canopy fauna. Results found that vortex fan traps convey high presentation of arthropods. The pitfall trap showed the highest abundance of specimens. The arboreal pitfalls could be a good sampling technique within the canopy.

Project details

Start date2013-06-10
End date2013-08-01

Closing statement

This work has been catalogued as part of the NNR Record Project and the results can be made available on request.

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