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Magnus Magnusson, Arvid Bergsten, Frauke Ecke, Örjan Bodin, Lennart Bodin and Birger Hörnfeldt Predicting grey-sided vole occurrence in northern Sweden at multiple spatial scales Ecology and Evolution 3

Article first published online: 6 OCT 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.827

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The grey-sided vole (Myodes rufocanus) has declined since the 1970s in forests of northern Sweden. Previous studies suggested that this might partly be caused by reduced focal forest patch size due to clear-cutting. Our results support the importance of large forest patches, but also highlight the importance of high connectivity of forest patches for occurrence of grey-sided voles. Our results further suggest that proximity of stone fields increases habitat quality and enhances the voles' ability to move between nearby forest patches through the matrix.

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