Editor Miguel Araujo
Habitat re-creation strategies for promoting adaptation of species to climate change
Article first published online: 18 APR 2011
©2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 4, Issue 4, pages 289–297, August/September 2011
How to Cite
Hodgson, J. A., Thomas, C. D., Cinderby, S., Cambridge, H., Evans, P. and Hill, J. K. (2011), Habitat re-creation strategies for promoting adaptation of species to climate change. Conservation Letters, 4: 289–297. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2011.00177.x
- Issue published online: 27 JUL 2011
- Article first published online: 18 APR 2011
- Accepted manuscript online: 21 MAR 2011 01:34PM EST
- Received , 1 October 2010, Accepted, 5 February 2011
- habitat restoration;
- habitat network;
- incidence function model
Creation of new habitat could help species respond to climate change by facilitating range expansion in fragmented landscapes. However, there are currently no guidelines for deciding where new habitat should be placed to promote range changes. We developed a model to simulate the expansion of populations across a heavily fragmented landscape in the United Kingdom, and investigated the effectiveness of six habitat creation strategies for woodland, grassland, heathland, and wetland habitats. A strategy aimed at linking clusters of habitat patches was most effective for three of the four habitat types. Adding habitat evenly or randomly across the landscape, or according to stakeholder suggestions, were consistently better strategies than increasing aggregation of habitat. The results highlight that the best spatial pattern to facilitate range expansion is different from the best pattern to prevent extinction.