Effect of soil conditions and landscape factors on macro-snail communities in newly created grasslands of restored landfill sites in the UK

Md Lutfor Rahman, Sam Tarrant, Jeff Ollerton, Duncan McCollin

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    Though restored landfill sites provide habitat for a number of taxa, their potential for land snail remains unexplored. In this study, large-sized land snails (> 5 mm) were surveyed using transect sampling on nine restored landfill sites and nine corresponding nature sites in the East Midlands region of the UK during 2008. The effect of restoration was investigated by examining land snail species composition, richness, and diversity (Shannon Weiner index) in relation to habitat and landscape structure. Thirteen macro-snail species were found in total and rarefied species richness and diversity on restored landfill sites was not found to be statistically different to that of reference sites. One third of the snail species, comprising 30% of total abundance, found in the restored landfill sites were non-native species introduced to the UK. Soil electrical conductivity was the strongest predictor for richness and diversity of land snails. Road density was found to have a positive influence on snail species diversity. Given the high percentage of introduced species detected further research is needed in terms of the management implications of restored landfill sites and the dynamics of native versus non-native species.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalZoology and Ecology
    Volume26
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Aug 2016

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    snail
    landfill
    grassland
    introduced species
    species diversity
    habitat structure
    landscape structure
    soil condition
    effect
    electrical conductivity
    transect
    species richness
    road
    land
    sampling
    habitat
    soil

    Keywords

    • Landfill
    • restoration ecology
    • Mollusca
    • land snail
    • waste ground
    • restoration
    • grassland

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    Effect of soil conditions and landscape factors on macro-snail communities in newly created grasslands of restored landfill sites in the UK. / Rahman, Md Lutfor; Tarrant, Sam; Ollerton, Jeff; McCollin, Duncan.

    In: Zoology and Ecology, Vol. 26, No. 4, 12.08.2016.

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