Impact of season, habitat and research techniques on diet composition of roe deer (Capreolus capreolus): A review

Johnny Cornelis, M Hermy, Jim Casaer

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    Abstract

    We summarize the information on the diet of roe deer Capreolus capreolus found in 33 European studies. After giving a short overview of the differences between the existing studies, we compare the information for each season. We submit the information, summarized in a matrix of 83 cases on 10 food groups, to a detrended correspondence analysis (DCA) and a two-way indicator species analysis (TWINSPAN). We calculate weighted averages grouping the information by season, habitat, research method and their cross-products. The weighted averages are also used as input for a multivariate ratio analysis. Since the available food items dictate the possible diet composition we further investigate the influence of the habitat on the reported food selection. The influence of season on the diet composition is compared with the effect of the habitat, and other factors such as research method and geographical location of the study site. The review shows that there is relatively little seasonal variation in the diet composition, which is more closely correlated to the habitat than to the season.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Zoology
    Volume248
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)195-207
    Number of pages13
    Publication statusPublished - 1999

    Thematic list

    • Naure and forest reserves
    • Fauna management

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