Short-term faunistic monitoring of four Sites of Community Importance (SCI) in the Pieniny National Park with suggestions of land management proposal
AbstractSites of Community Importance (SCI) represent rare and endangered biotopes of the Natura 2000 network. The objective of SCI protection and management is to keep their landscape and ecological function as well as their biological diversity in good condition. In our study, four SCI in the buffer zone of Pieniny National Park, Slovakia were investigated. We surveyed selected aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates during a short-term period in early summer 2015, in the water and water dependent biotopes and their coastal zones. The consistent reconnaissance of the actual status of sampling sites was important, as we confirmed the presence of several rare, endangered and Natura Directive species of flies, mayflies and dragonflies as well as terrestrial spiders and ground beetles. Application of the management proposal, which we suggested with respect to the bionomy and habitat requirements of present protected species, should lead to improvement of actual conditions of the monitored SCI.
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