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Piotr Skórka, Magdalena Lenda, Dawid Moroń and Piotr Tryjanowski New methods of crop production and farmland birds: effects of plastic mulches on species richness and abundance Journal of Applied Ecology 50

Version of Record online: 9 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12148

Our results provide the first evidence that the use of foil for mulching has negative effects on farmland bird populations, probably through the trophic cascade and habitat disturbance. Therefore, foil mulches must be considered as another factor contributing to the decline of farmland biodiversity. We suggest limiting the use of this method of vegetable production at the farm level. Decreasing the field size and converting some arable fields into grassland patches are proposed as mitigation measures in landscapes with high foil cover.

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