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Large carabid beetle declines in a United Kingdom monitoring network increases evidence for a widespread loss in insect biodiversity

* INCLUDES 'WHY IT MATTERS' FEATURE * This paper present trends in the abundance of carabid (or ground) beetles at 11 terrestrial ECN sites over a 15 year period.
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Brooks, DR., Bater, JE., Clark, SJ., Monteith, DT., Andrews, C., Corbett, SJ., Beaumont, DA. and Chapman, JW. (2012). Large carabid beetle declines in a United Kingdom monitoring network increases evidence for a widespread loss in insect biodiversity. Journal of Applied Ecology, 49 (5), 1009-1019.

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The researchers show how an overall decline in carabid beetle abundance was found at sites across the UK, but with inconsistencies in the trends between regions and habitats. The authors suggest this highlights the potential of localised land management in offsetting adverse effects of wider scale environmental change.

Carabid beetles are important component of ecosystems. They are particularly important in agriculture because they help control pests and weeds.


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