Special Issue "Birds in Agricultural Environments"

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Birds".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Jesús Domínguez
Guest Editor
Departamento de Zooloxía, Xenética e Antropoloxía Física, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Interests: Bird ecology; bird conservation; breeding biology; conservation biology; endangered species; waders; waterbirds
Dr. Sandra Goded
Guest Editor
International Bird Conservation Partnership (IBCP)
Interests: Conservation biology; bird ecology; forest conservation; agricultural biodiversity conservation; human-wildlife interactions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The ongoing decline of farmland biodiversity has been generally attributed to the intensification of agriculture in the past. Agricultural intensification can occur both at field and at landscape scales, although agri-environment schemes and organic farming have been suggested as a way of counteracting the decline of farmland bird communities.

In another sense, lands are being abandoned, for example, in many regions of Europe. Agriculture abandonment began throughout Europe during the second half of the nineteenth century, in mountainous and Mediterranean regions where economic benefits of agriculture were low. However, the intensity of land-use change varies greatly, and the situation is context-specific; thus, although seminatural areas are modified and intensive agriculture increases in some locations, while agropastoral activities are abandoned in others. The widespread abandonment of agricultural practices in some areas increases landscape homogenization, leading to biodiversity declines, although it also gives a chance to rewilding.

On the other hand, climate change is creating new opportunities for farming to expand to higher altitudes and latitudes that will enjoy longer growing seasons, but the environmental consequences of these climate-driven agricultural frontiers are not fully appreciated.

The Special Issue will focus on species ecology, population trends, current threats, and conservation of birds in agricultural landscapes all over the world. It will also include the implications of different agricultural mechanisms on bird ecology and conservation and possible conservation measures for reaching a more sustainable agricultural environment overall.

We invite you to share your recent findings through this Special Issue. 

Dr. Jesús Domínguez
Dr. Sandra Goded
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Animals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • agricultural bird population trends
  • agricultural bird conservation measures
  • agri-environment schemes
  • agricultural management
  • climate change
  • land abandonment
  • organic farming
  • rewilding

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
Back to TopTop