Ecoprofiles table

Sample ecoprofiles table

The ecoprofiles table can be used to make a nature conservation target SMART. The table gives the spatial requirements for the sustainable occurrence of species in ecological networks. It shows the norms for the area of a key patch and the dispersal distance of ecoprofiles.

An ecological network can contain one key patch i.e. a habitat patch that can contain a core population. The Common Dormouse (a small mammal), for example, as well as needing a key patch needs a further 1.5 x 100 ha of supplementary habitat area. The advantage of a network having a key patch is that the network is more sustainable and requires less area.