The use of chemical ameliorants to restore heathland and species-rich grassland

Stuckey, C.C.; Marrs, R.H.; Pywell, R.F.. 2007 The use of chemical ameliorants to restore heathland and species-rich grassland. In: Vegetation Management. Wellesbourne, Association of Applied Biologists, 49-56. (Aspects of Applied Biology, 82).

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Elevated soil available phosphorus (P) concentration can restrict attempts to restore high-quality, semi-natural vegetation. An increased P concentration or pH could derive either from natural successional processes or as a result of past agricultura; activity. Hoigh soil available P concentrations and, in the case of hathland, a high soil pH are major constraints to the establishment of heathland and species-rich chalk grassland communitites. here we describe the use of chemical soil ameliorants to reduce soil available P in both heathland and chalk grassland soils and to acidify heathland soils. Application of iron and aluminium sulphate and elemental S reduced soil pH and available P to provide a window of opportunity that might allow the establishment of hathland and chalk grassland communities

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Biodiversity
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Pywell
Additional Keywords: chalk grassland, habitat re-creation, available phosphorus, acidification
NORA Subject Terms: Agriculture and Soil Science
Ecology and Environment
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Date made live: 12 Dec 2007 16:48 +0 (UTC)

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