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Tomás E. Murray, Úna Fitzpatrick, Andrew Byrne, Réamonn Fealy, Mark J. F. Brown and Robert J. Paxton Local-scale factors structure wild bee communities in protected areas Journal of Applied Ecology 49

Version of Record online: 26 JUL 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2012.02175.x

Within habitats, local species richness, rather than species turnover at higher spatial scales, accounted for the majority of regional bee diversity. Local environmental factors were powerful determinants of community composition. Therefore, management effort prioritising the maintenance of a diversity of high-quality habitats within a broad network of protected areas best facilitates bee conservation in this system. At a regional level, schemes for conserving and restoring important bee habitats must be habitat- and taxon-specific, as the impact of individual local-scale factors and surrounding land-use on community composition is highly habitat- and taxon-dependent.

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