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Species-specific establishment requirements in calcareous grassland restoration

Wagner, M.; Peyton, J.; Hulmes, S.; Hulmes, L.; Amy, S.; Savage, J.; Heard, M.S.; Bullock, J.M.; Pywell, R.F.. 2012 Species-specific establishment requirements in calcareous grassland restoration. In: Peele, Steve; Chesterton, Chris; Cooke, Andrew; Jefferson, Richard; Martin, David; Smith, Barbara; Smith, Stuart; Tallowin, Jerry, (eds.) Restoring diverse grassland: what can be achieved where, and what will it do for us? Wellesbourne, Association of Applied Biologists, 23-30. (Aspects of Applied Biology, 115).

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Abstract/Summary

In a four-year experimental study, the effects of various pre-sowing disturbance treatments (band-spraying with herbicide; soil harrowing; creation of ridge and furrow structures) and of post-establishment sward management regimes on the performance of habitat specialist plant species known to perform poorly in the restoration of lowland calcareous grassland was tested. It was found that as with generalist species, pre-sowing disturbance is key to successful establishment. Ridge and furrow appeared to be a good alternative to more traditional means of pre-sowing disturbance such as soil harrowing in particular for low-statured species of low competitive ability with a known preference in ancient grassland for south-sloping sites and ant hills. It appears that three years of experimental sward management may have been too short a period to allow solid conclusions on the effects of various alternative options.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biodiversity > BD Topic 3 - Managing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Environment > BD - 3.2 - Develop and test practical measures to ameliorate the effects ...
CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biodiversity > BD Topic 3 - Managing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Environment > BD - 3.4 - Provide science-based advice ...
CEH Sections/Science Areas: Hails
Pywell
Additional Keywords: Helianthemum nummularium, Hippocrepis comosa, microsite requirements, pre-sowing disturbance, ridge and furrow, sward management, Thymus pulegioides
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Biology and Microbiology
Botany
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Date made live: 16 Jan 2013 13:04 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/21146

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