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Invertebrate abundance on cereal fields and set-aside land: implications for wild gamebird chicks


, : Invertebrate abundance on cereal fields and set-aside land: implications for wild gamebird chicks. BCPC Monograph ( 50): 181-186

During June and July 1990 and 1991, insects were sampled at several farms in southern England from fields in the 1st and 2nd years of set-aside following cereals and winter wheat fields. Diptera, Coleoptera, Symphyta and Aphididae were most abundant in wheat, while numbers of Collembola, Heteroptera and Auchenorrhyncha were highest in set-aside. Many of these groups are eaten by gamebird (particularly Perdix perdix) chicks, which require an insect-rich diet.

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