Habitat Diversity

Both natural site conditions and agricultural management shape agricultural landscapes and affect the occurrence of different habitats. A large number of different habitats is an important prerequisite for overall species richness in a landscape.

For this indicator, the number of habitat types per survey square is calculated.

Illustration: Squares with especially low or high habitat diversity

Aerial images of two survey squares with particularly low and high habitat diversity, respectively. In the survey square on the left, only 4 different habitat types were found; in the survey square on the right, 22 different habitat types were identified.
Source: SWISSIMAGE ©swisstopo, Relief: Swiss Federal Statistical Office (SFSO), GEOSTAT

State of habitat diversity

‘Habitat diversity’ indicator: Number of habitat types in the agricultural landscape per survey square; average ± standard error. LZ: Lowland zone; UZ: Upland zone; LM: Lower mountain zone (mountain zones I and II); UM: Upper mountain zone (mountain zones III and IV), SA: Summer-grazing area.


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