•The impact of land abandonment on wetland ground beetle distribution was examined.•Species composition in abandoned land was more similar to wetland than grassland.•High soil moisture improved colonization of abandoned land by wetland species.•Conserving surrounding wetland also contributed to wetland species colonization.•Passive restoration may be an effective strategy for restoring wetland habitats.
Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment – Elsevier
Published: Nov 1, 2017
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