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Indicators for habitat diversity

BioBio proposes a system for classifying the farm habitats. Common lands, forest and aquatic habitats not used for agricultural purposes, and urban habitats are excluded. The farm area is subdivided into (1) Intensively farmed land, including all crop fields and grasslands managed for the primary purpose of agricultural production, and (2) Semi-natural habitats. Both categories are then subdivided, depending on the presence of trees. Aquatic habitats are classified as semi-natural. Habitat diversity indicators are obtained via habitat mapping at farm scale.

Indicators capturing the composition of the farm habitats

HabRich: Habitat Richness
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HabDiv: Habitat Diversity
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PatchSize: Patch Size
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LinHab: Linear Habitats
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Indicators relating to specific habitat types

CropRich: Crop Richness
Number of crops cultivated on a farm. Crops considered are arable crops including forage and sown grassland, vegetables and tree crops.
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ShrubHab: Shrub Habitats
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TreeHab: Tree Habitats
Relates to fruit trees, ornamental trees, vines and pastured forest as well as to hedgerows and semi-natural woodland elements on Utilised Aricultural Area (UAA).
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“normative” indicator

SemiNat: Semi-natural Habitats
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Habitat indicators