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See detailEtude de la colonisation des milieux tourbeux du Plateau de Saint-Hubert (Belgique) par les macroinvertébrés aquatiques
Frisson, Gwenn ULg

Master's dissertation (2009)

Peat bogs, wet heathlands and poor fens are semi-naturals habitats which are deeply affected by fragmentation. Nowadays, large restoration projects aim to rebuild those habitats. Monitoring tools are ... [more ▼]

Peat bogs, wet heathlands and poor fens are semi-naturals habitats which are deeply affected by fragmentation. Nowadays, large restoration projects aim to rebuild those habitats. Monitoring tools are hence necessary to evaluate the post-restoration response of species to these interventions. The purpose of this work is to evaluate restoration of ponds by the LIFE project “LIFE-Tourbières” through the study of their environmental conditions and their colonization by aquatic macroinvertebrates. The signification of environmental parameters on the structure of communities is also considered. Samples of macroinvertebrates and measures of physico-chemical parameters were taken on 26 restoration ponds aged of maximum 4 years and on 4 reference ponds aged between 7 and 27 years. It is only the concentration of dissolved oxygen that differs between restoration ponds and reference ponds. No significant difference was found about taxonomical richness, abundance and diversity. Environmental variables which structure the macroinvertebrates data are pH, dissolved oxygen and the number of ponds within a 500 meters radius. Restoration ponds show a great heterogeneity of environmental conditions and of macroinvertebrate communities. In order to preserve the biodiversity as a whole, the restoration of peat bogs, wet heathlands and poor fens must be aimed as much on diversity of habitat at a landscape scale as on the intra-site quality. [less ▲]

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