A standardised multi-method survey to enhance characterisation of riparian invertebrate communities

Webb, J.R., Gething, K.J. ORCID: 0000-0002-4997-0249, Kratz, C.C., England, J., Drewitt, A.L. and Stubbington, R. ORCID: 0000-0001-8475-5109, 2022. A standardised multi-method survey to enhance characterisation of riparian invertebrate communities. Water and Environment Journal. ISSN 1747-6585

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Abstract

Riparian invertebrate communities are species rich, but variability in sampling methods hampers assessment of their distributions and inference of the quality of their habitats. To reduce this variability, a standardized, multi-method survey protocol was recently developed. Here, riparian beetle community surveys conducted before and after the protocol's introduction were used to evaluate its effectiveness in characterizing communities and in limiting variability among surveys. Use of the standardized protocol reduced variability in sampling effort, and this had a limited effect on estimates of taxonomic richness. Surveys using the protocol captured significantly more species than surveys done before its introduction, evidencing the benefits of standardized multi-method survey protocols. Our study highlights that standardized multi-method survey protocols may enable identification and prioritization of sites requiring management to improve habitat quality. As such, we recommend the integration of such protocols into monitoring programmes, to enhance protection of biodiverse invertebrate communities in vulnerable riparian habitats.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Water and Environment Journal
Creators: Webb, J.R., Gething, K.J., Kratz, C.C., England, J., Drewitt, A.L. and Stubbington, R.
Publisher: Wiley
Date: 8 February 2022
ISSN: 1747-6585
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1111/wej.12775DOI
1516572Other
Rights: © 2022 The Authors. Water and Environment Journal published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 10 Feb 2022 11:23
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2022 11:23
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/45597

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