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Applying species distribution modelling for the conservation of the threatened saproxylic Stag Beetle (Lucanus cervus)
Abstract Despite its size and attractiveness, many Lucanus cervus sites remain undetected in NW Europe because of its short flight period and its nocturnal activity. Therefore, present-day designated… Expand
Can tree species choice influence recruitment of ancient forest species in post-agricultural forest?
- Arno Thomaes, L. D. Keersmaeker, A. Schrijver, K. Vandekerkhove, P. Verschelde, K. Verheyen
- Plant Ecology
- 1 April 2011
Germination and establishment of ancient forest species are bottlenecks in forest habitat restoration. We hypothesised that tree species can influence these processes on acidification sensitive soils… Expand
Understorey vegetation shifts following the conversion of temperate deciduous forest to spruce plantation
Abstract The identity and composition of the overstorey trees can have large impacts on the understorey vegetation in temperate forests. Here, we assess the effects of the conversion of mixed… Expand
Very large trees in a lowland old-growth beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) forest: Density, size, growth and spatial patterns in comparison to reference sites in Europe
Abstract The frequent occurrence of very large trees (diameter at breast height DBH ≥ 80 cm) is a typical element of both primary and secondary old-growth forests. We analyzed the characteristics of… Expand
The analysis of spatio-temporal forest changes (1775–2000) in Flanders (northern Belgium) indicates habitat-specific levels of fragmentation and area loss
IntroductionSpatio-temporal forest changes can have a progressive negative impact on the habitat of species that need forest continuity, i.e. the continuous presence of forest. Long-term species data… Expand
A European monitoring protocol for the stag beetle, a saproxylic flagship species
Developing protocols for threatened invertebrates is often challenging, because they are not only rare but also elusive. This is the case with the stag beetle (Lucanus cervus), a protected and… Expand
Testing the performance of a fragment of the COI gene to identify western Palaearctic stag beetle species (Coleoptera, Lucanidae)
Abstract The taxonomy of stag beetles (Coleoptera: Lucanidae) remains challenging, mainly due to the sexual dimorphism and the strong allometry in males. Such conjecture confounds taxonomic based… Expand
Reappearance of old growth elements in lowland woodlands in northern Belgium : do the associated species follow?
2011. Reappearance of old-growth elements in lowland woodlands in northern Belgium: Do the associated species follow? Silva Fennica 45(5): 909–935.The forest cover of the western European lowland… Expand
Clear-felling effects on colonization rates of shade-tolerant forest herbs into a post-agricultural forest adjacent to ancient forest
Question: Does clear-felling influence forest herb colonization into post-agricultural forest? Location: A stand of poplar cultivars with a dense understorey of Acer pseudoplatanus in Muizen… Expand
Distribution of Lucanus Cervus (coleoptera: Lucanidae) in Belgium: Surviving in a Changing Landscape
This paper describes results updating the former and present distribution of the stag beetle in Belgium. Based on these data, modelling of the distribution was conducted through land use, climatic… Expand