White-backed Woodpecker and Saproxylic Beetles : a species occurrence study

The White-backed Woodpecker is a species of conservation concern and a top predator in saproxylic food webs. To better understand the species interaction, we study saproxylic beetle communities.

Fiche signalétique

  • Département HESB|Haute école des sciences agronomiques,forestières et alimentaires
  • Pôle de recherche Forêt multifonctionnelle
  • Champ de recherche Forêt et société
  • Durée (prévue) 01.01.2018 - 31.12.2021
  • Responsable du projet Thibault Lachat
  • Direction du projet Thibault Lachat
  • Équipe du projet Romain Angeleri
    Thibault Lachat
    Urs Kormann
  • Partenaires - établissements de recherche, y c. BFH Vogelwarte
  • Mots-clés Saproxylic beetles, White-backed Woodpecker, Community ecology, Conservation ecology

Contexte initial

The white-backed woodpecker is by far the rarest woodpecker species in Central Europe. Even if numerous forests seem to meet the ecological requirements of this species, the white-backed woodpecker is still missing in many places. Therefore, the bird species being a top predator in Saproxylic food webs, the arthropods' ecology may play an important role for the bird's occurrence and are therefore our priority accross this European study.


With a characterization of the saproxylic communities occuring within the habitat of the White-backed Woodpecker, we will be able to identify the present interactions among this food web as a guideline for birds and beetles conservation.

Compétences clés

Forest entomology, Community ecology, Conservation ecology, Habitat mapping, Traits based analysis.