Peter Lešo

Peter Lešo
Technical University in Zvolen · Department of Applied Zoology and Wildlife Management

PhD.

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January 2001 - January 2017
Technical University in Zvolen
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A b s t r a c t . The study of foraging behaviour of 20 forest bird species was conducted during two different phenophases of a vegetation period in the West Carpathians oak-dominated natural forests. Using a standard and a modified a priori approaches, seven foraging guilds were distinguished, whereas only five significantly different guilds were...
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Investigations of breeding bird assemblages were carried out in three nature reserves in eastern Slovakia during 1999−2001. These reserves represent remnants of natural West Carpathian oak-beech forests. A combined territory-mapping technique was used to census breeding birds. In total, 49 breeding species were found within all three study plots du...
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The paper aims to answer the question whether differences exist in microhabitat preferences of the yellow-necked mouse and the bank vole between the natural forest and close-to-nature managed forest in the phase of stand regeneration. The two species were live-trapped during two periods in 2006 and 2007 on a square trapping grid established in a ma...
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The data collected during nine vegetation seasons were analysed to reveal abundance of the common shrew in fir-beech forests of the Kremnické vrchy Mts. (Western Carpathians, central Slovakia). Live trapping in three quadratic study plots and five lines representing different age categories of fir-beech and beech forests was carried out using woode...
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Species distribution, ecology, and behaviour are shaped, amongst other things, by interspecific, antagonistic interactions, and this phenomenon is particularly noticeable among predators. We studied the spatial co-distribution of two top piscivorous bird species foraging on inland waters outside breeding season. We considered the hypothesis that go...
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Forest management practices have varying impacts on biodiversity because the treatments and their outcomes do not always reflect the natural processes that maintain biodiversity. These management activities can be assessed using indicator species, among which birds are most frequently used. In 2018 we compared bird assemblages in oak (Quercus spp.)...
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In the last decades, several hydroelectric power stations were constructed in Slovakia, which have considerable effect on the fish community of rivers. To reduce their ecological impact, fishways were usually installed at the dams of these stations. Our research aimed to test the fish passage function of the fishway of Hronská Dúbrava small hydroel...
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Szlovákiában a nagyobb folyókon létesített különféle vízerőművek szerteágazó környezeti és ökológiai hatásai számottevően befolyásolják az ott előforduló halközösségek életét. Munkánk során arra kerestük a választ, hogy mely halfajok használják előszeretettel a hallépcsőket. Mintavételi helyszínnek a Garam folyón (Hron) létesített felsőbesenyői (Hr...
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In the Carpathian population of the European badger, existing studies show a considerable discrepancy in the level of sexual dimorphism. The main goal of the study was to assess the sexual size dimorphism of the Carpathian Meles meles population in the light of the main hypotheses explaining this phenomenon. We measured 22 craniometric characterist...
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A dead individual of C. leucodon was found in the Lower Tatra Mts. (Central Slovakia, Western Carpathians). The site is situated in the westernmost part of the main ridge of this mountain range at the altitude of 1,150 m a. s. l. The prevaling habitat is a mountain meadow surrounded by spruce and beach-maple forests. In Central Europe, the species...
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The bird assemblage of the Ponická dúbrava National Nature Reserve (13.3 ha), preserving a mixed nature forest composed mainly of fir, oak, spruce and beech was studied using a modified mapping method during the breeding period in 2015. The site is rather unique, containing elements of both lowland and mountain forests. The aims of the study were t...
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Aimed to identify priority questions of ornithological research in Slovakia, 103 persons directly or indirectly involved in ornithological research and/or bird protection in the country were addressed by a simple questionary. The present paper brings synthesis of c. 130 answers gathered from 30 participants. The priority questions proposed for futu...
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Differences in abundance and spatial distribution of small terrestrial mammals were compared between the forest interior and clearing. In total, seven micromammalian species were detected. Of them, only three species were captured within the forest interior, whereas six species were recorded on the clearing. Apodemus flavicollis and Clethrionomys g...
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The aim of this study was to record and explain changes in the qualitative-quantitative structure of breeding bird assemblages in a forest stand after 15 years of the stand development. The bird census was performed on a 9.7 ha study plot representing young oak commercial forest two times: firstly at the stand age of 17 years (thicket stage) and, r...
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The aim of the study was to determine qualitative and quantitative structure of the bird assemblages of various habitats adjacent to the Hron River, where the first breeding of Goosander in Slovakia was documented. Strip method was used to census birds in the breeding season 2007, with three standard controls plus one special control using boat. Fo...
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Live trapping of small terrestrial mammals was carried out in a mature fir-beech forest. Influence of trap type, bait type and frequency of checks on trapping effectiveness and mortality was examined. Two dominant rodent species Apodemus flavicollis and Myodes glareolus were used as model animals. The mean effectiveness of the Chmela-type live trap...
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Live trapping of small terrestrial mammals was carried out in a mature fir-beech forest. Influence of trap type, bait type and frequency of checks on trapping effectiveness and mortality was examined. Two dominant rodent species Apodemus flavicollis and Myodes glareolus were used as model animals. The mean effectiveness of the Chmela-type live trap...
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The paper deals with qualitative structure and dominance of small terrestrial mammal assemblage in selected area of the Kremnicke vrchy Mts. The research was conducted in 2006 – 2009 on two parallel study plots representing natural and commercial fir-beech forests. In total, seven species were recorded within two study plots during whole period. Th...
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Mean maximum distance moved (MMDM) was calculated for two dominant rodent species within two parallel study plots representing natural and commercial fir-beech forest. Live-trapping was used to collect data during two vegetation seasons in 2006 – 2007. Apodemus flavicollis reached MMDM from 18.1 to 27,6 m, Myodes glareolus between 20.2 – 25.8 m. Th...
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A subadult individual of Crocidura leucodon was captured in an unusual habitat at the locality Mláčik, Kremnické Vrchy Mts. (central Slovakia), geomorphologically belonging to the West Carpathians. The site does not correspond to habitat preferences of the species, since the locality is situated in an extensive fir-beech forest complex at the altit...
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A subadult individual of Crocidura leucodon was captured in an unusual habitat at the locality Mláčik, Kremnické Vrchy Mts. (central Slovakia), geomorphologically belonging to the West Carpathians. The site does not correspond to habitat preferences of the species, since the locality is situated in an extensive fir-beech forest complex at the altit...
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Regular occurrence of the Goosander was recorded during the breeding periods 2004–2007 in the middle-stream of the River Hron. Occurrence relates to spreading of Goosander’s breeding area in the middle Europe during the recent decades. The part of the River Hron between Zvolen and Žiar nad Hronom (27 km) was regularly monitored using a boat from Ap...
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Breeding bird assemblages of two oak forest stands in phase of pole-stage were compared based on the results obtained in 1996–1998. In comparison with the previous period, the mean stand height increased by 4 m, mean tree thickness by 6 cm and all reserved trees were removed. The structure of breeding bird assemblages on the two study plots has not...
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Census of breeding birds was carried out in three oak stands in the stage of the thicket (plot 1, 17 years old) and the small pole (plots 2 and 3, 27 years old with single seed trees) in 1996–1998 using the combined mapping method. The number of species varied from 19 (plot 2) to 24 (plot 3). Robin (Erithacus rubecula) was the dominant species in a...
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Using the mapping technique, census of breeding birds was carried out within a 14.74 ha study plot in 1999–2000. Altogether, 39 breeding bird species were recorded on the study plot during the two breeding seasons. Additional 10 species were found in the rest of the reserve area. Mean total bird density reached 73.3 pairs/10 ha. Six species were fo...

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Evaluation of microhabitat preferences of forest birds and small mammals in relation to forest management