Powys Nature Recovery Plan, Ecological Networks, Contribution of Ecological Networks.

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Legend:

Contribution to all 4 networks .

Contribution to 3 out of 4 networks.

Contribution to 2 out of 4 networks.

Contribution to 1 out of 4 networks.

No contribution to networks.

Vice county boundaries.

Ecosystem function:

Contribution to ecological networks.


What the map shows:

The map shows ecological networks an area contributed to, either as core habitat or as part of its extended network. Transparent areas do not contribute to any ecological networks.


How to interpret the map:

Areas contributing to multiple ecological networks can form biodiversity hotspots, as species associated with different types of habitats co-occur at these sites.


Why it is important:

Areas of core habitat within a habitat network benefit overall biodiversity levels, as the connections with other patches of core habitat enhances genetic diversity and, therefore, adaptability when faced with changing environmental conditions, e.g. climate change or changes in management. This helps to prevent local extinctions and, should local extinctions occur, facilitates re- colonisation.


How the map was created:

This map was created based on the individual network maps, by counting the number of networks overlapping in each area.