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Restoration of Purple Moor Grass and rush pasture and associated fen habitats - BD5103

Description
The aims of this review were to identify gaps in knowledge and areas requiring research on the abiotic and biotic conditions required for the restoration or re-creation of fens, ‘purple moor-grass and rush pastures’ (PMGRP) and swamp communities. Past and present land management practices on existing and restored habitats; restoration/re-creation methods including seed introduction, soil/hydrological management and vegetation management were reviewed. The identification of gaps in knowledge will help to inform the development of future targeted research activities. This evidence may contribute to the successful restoration and re-creation of these wetland habitats delivered through agri-environment.

Specifically the review will examine: the physio-chemical conditions, including topography, soils and hydrology under which existing fen, purple moor-grass and/or rush pasture habitats occur or may be restored; past and present land management practices of existing and restored habitats; restoration/re-creation methods including details of initial targeting and subsequent management techniques (e.g. seed introduction, soil/hydrological management and vegetation management). Information on the Ecosystem Services provided by these wetland communities will also be reviewed.
Objective
Objectives:
1. Review and summarize information from the European literature and other primary and secondary data sources to identify the habitat conditions required for the existence of fens, ‘purple moor-grass and rush pastures’.
Specifically the review will examine:
I. the physio-chemical conditions, including topography, soils and hydrology under which existing fen, purple moor-grass and/or rush pasture habitats occur or may be restored,
II. past and present land management practices of existing and restored habitats,
III. restoration/re-creation methods including details of initial targeting and subsequent management techniques (e.g. seed introduction, soil/hydrological management and vegetation management).
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : BD5103 final report   (1464k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2011

To: 2011

Cost: £48,923
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Institute of Grassland and Environment Research (IGER), Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, University - Open
Keywords
Agri-Environment              
Habitats