Biomonitoring of site changes in substitute birch stands in an air-polluted area: I. The ground beetles
Lesnictvi 43(10): 453-463
The ground beetles (Carabidae) were used for monitoring of site changes in substitute birch stands in an air-polluted area. Relict species were missing in the territory under observation, while adaptable species had a dominant position (62%). The share of eurytopic representatives in the fauna of the ground beetles made 37%, but they accounted for 6.6% of the individuals only. In spite of the crucial change in the tree species composition of forest ecosystems (spruce birch), the share of adaptable representatives of the ground beetles confirmed the forest character of the territory under observation which shows anthropogenic impairment, but not devastation.