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Enhancement of upland scrub in Welsh ESAs - BD0406

This study will aim to develop effective techniques for establishment and management of upland hawthorn scrub in the Cambrian Mountains and Radnor ESAs. The current abundance and distribution of upland hawthorn scrub will be determined using aerial photographs and map-derived information. Through discussion with project officers, a number of sites will be identified where scrub occurs under different conditions of altitude, slope and soil type. These sites will be visited and assessed for current status (species composition, tree/shrub density, age class distribution) of the scrub, and, in the light of existing knowledge, management requirements for conservation of scrub will be determined. The likely effectiveness of fencing out of stock on extending the selected sites and developing hawthorn scrub in places currently devoid of tree/shrub cover will be determined. The role of tree/shrub establishment in shrub creation and the likely success or failure of particular establishment procedures will be investigated. Plot based research will be implemented in order to confirm or refute suggested management procedures.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1994

To: 1996

Cost: £40,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Natural Environment Research Council, ADAS UK Ltd.
Fields of Study
Environmental Stewardship