Ecology and Conservation of Forest Birds is a unique review of current understanding of the relationships between forest birds and their changing environments. Large ecological changes are being driven by forest management, climate change, introduced pests and pathogens, abiotic disturbances, and overbrowsing. Many forest bird species have suffered population declines, with the situation being particularly severe for birds dependent on attributes such as dead wood, old trees and structurally complex forests. With a focus on the non-tropical parts of the northern hemisphere, the text addresses the fundamental evolutionary and ecological aspects of forest birds using original data analyses and synthesising reviews. The characteristics of bird assemblages and their habitats in different European forest types are explored, together with the macroecological patterns of bird diversity and conservation issues. Ecology and Conservation of Forest Birds provides a valuable reference for ecologists, ornithologists, conservation professionals, forest industry employees, and those interested in birds and nature.
1. Introduction / Grzegorz Mikusiński, Jean-Michel Roberge and Robert J. Fuller
Part I. Forest birds and their adaptations
2. Origins and dynamics of forest birds of the Northern Hemisphere / Jacques Blondel
3. Ecological adaptations of birds to forest environments / Marc-André Villard and Ruud Foppen
4. Tree holes and hole-nesting birds in European and North American forests / Tomasz Wesolowski and Kathy Martin
Part II. European forests and their bird communities
5. Macroecological patterns in forest bird diversity in Europe / Grzegorz Mikusiński, Dani Villero, Sergi Herrando and Lluís Brotons
6. Boreal forest bird assemblages and their conservation / Jean-Michel Roberge, Raimo Virkkala and Mikko Mönkkönen
7. Subalpine coniferous forests of Europe: Avian communities in European High Altitude Woodlands / Pierre Mollet, Kurt Bollmann, Veronika Braunisch and Raphaël Arlettaz
8. Temperate forests: a European perspective on variation and dynamics in bird assemblages / Tomasz Wesolowski, Robert J. Fuller and Martin Flade
9. Mediterranean forest bird communities and the role of landscape heterogeneity in space and time / Lluís Brotons, Sergi Herrando, Clélia Sirami, Vassiliki Kati and Mario Díaz
10. Plantations of non-native tree species: opportunities and limitations for birds in intensively managed forests / John Calladine, Mario Díaz, Luis Reino, David Jardine and Mark Wilson
Part III. Conservation and management
11. Population trends and conservation status of forest birds / Aleksi Lehikoinen and Raimo Virkkala
12. Hunting and other forms of exploitation and persecution of forest birds / Ilse Storch
13. Conservation strategies and habitat management for European forest birds / Robert J. Fuller and Hugo Robles
14. Future forests, avian implications and research priorities / Grzegorz Mikusiński, Jean-Michel Roberge and Robert J. Fuller
Grzegorz Mikusiński is an ecologist with research interests centred on conservation and management of forest biodiversity, with a particular focus on forest birds and their habitat. He is affiliated with Forest Faculty of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) where he also teaches ecology at the School for Forest Management.
Jean-Michel Roberge is a conservation biologist with a special interest in avian ecology and biodiversity studies in northern forests. He has a long experience of research and teaching at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and is now a conservation specialist at the Swedish Forest Agency.
Robert J. Fuller is Emeritus Research Fellow at the British Trust for Ornithology and Honorary Professor at the University of East Anglia. His central interests focus on temperate forest biodiversity, especially birds. The effects of forest management, the impacts of deer browsing and conservation strategies form the core of his work. He is author of Bird Life of Woodland and Forest (1995) and edited Birds and Habitat: Relationships in Changing Landscapes (2012).
- Grzegorz Mikusiński
- Jean-Michel Roberge
- Robert J. Fuller
- Jacques Blondel
- Marc-André Villard
- Ruud Foppen
- Tomasz Wesolowski
- Kathy Martin
- Dani Villero
- Sergi Herrando
- Lluís Brotons
- Raimo Virkkala
- Mikko Mönkkönen
- Pierre Mollet
- Kurt Bollmann
- Veronika Braunisch
- Raphaël Arlettaz
- Martin Flade
- Clélia Sirami
- Vassiliki Kati
- Mario Díaz
- John Calladine
- Mario Díaz
- Luis Reino
- David Jardine
- Mark Wilson
- Aleksi Lehikoinen
- Ilse Storch
- Hugo Robles
"[...] Given the valuable detail on the ecology and behaviour of many birds, the book will be an essential part of European forest bird ecology and conservation – so long as it is used in conjunction with sources bringing wider perspectives."
– Clive Hambler, Ibis 162(2), April 2020
"Every experienced ornithologist knows that there is an intangible magic about the community of birds, and their interactions with other species, in a mature forest – this book puts some science behind that magic we know."
– Hugh Possingham, Chief Scientist of the Nature Conservancy
"[...] I would have welcomed the addition of summaries with each chapter but, for those interested in forests and forest birds, this book will be a valuable source of reference material. Even the most knowledgeable will find something new in this book [...]"
– Ken Smith, BTO book reviews