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Management and restoration of species-rich grassland - BD0306

Description
Information regarding creation and management of species-rich grasslands within ESAs is relatively scarce. This study will use data derived from experiments implemented by ITE from 1973 onwards, together with observations at sites with a known management history, in order to examine which species are most likely to succeed when sown on chalk or clay soils. Effects of different management practices will also be evaluated, while long term trends in species composition will be determined and interpreted. Vegetation and floristic composition of restoration experiments established by the ITE on selected chalk and clay grassland sites will be recorded and analysed, while lowland grassland sites with a documented history of management will be located and recorded. Based on these data, effects of different regimes for management of species-rich grasslands within ESAs will be determined. Guidelines for managing and restoring species-rich grasslands within ESAs, together with an indication of the relative costs involved, will then be supplied to MAFF. The research will provide a list of species which are suitable for sowing in order to generate species-rich grasslands and will suggest species that should not be sown in mixtures because of their poor performance in trials. Moreover, it will evaluate the effects of different management prescriptions on the establishment of species in restored grasslands.
Objective
To record and analyse the vegetation and floristic composition of restoration experiments established by ITE on selected chalk and clay grassland sites. To locate and record lowland grassland sites with a documented history of management. Based on the above, to determine the effects of different management regimes for managing species-rich grasslands within ESAs. To provide MAFF with guidelines for managing and restoring species-rich grasslands within ESAs, together with an indication of the relative costs involved.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1994

To: 1995

Cost: £31,300
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Natural Environment Research Council
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Fields of Study
Environmental Stewardship