By Joern Fischer
Today I’d like to highlight a new paper by Ine Dorresteijn and others, based on our work in Romania. A while back, Ine reported from the field on her work on woodpeckers. As time has passed, this work is now written up and published in PLoS One.
The paper compared the richness and composition of woodpeckers between forests and wood pastures in Southern Transylvania. The study area is unusual in that six species were common enough to be analysed, including several listed as threatened in Annex I of the EU’s Birds Directive — namely the black woodpecker, the middle-spotted woodpecker, and the grey-headed woodpecker.
In a nutshell, we found that the entire landscape was still used by most of the species. Some, however, appeared to prefer wood pastures (with their old trees) whereas others preferred forest patches. These differences, in turn, could be largely explained by the ecology of the individual species.
Other ecological work in Romania is (of course!) ongoing — including on passerines, the corncrake, and many other aspects of biodiversity (plants, butterflies, large mammals). Check in again for updates on those ones!