Defra - Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Science Search

Science and Research Projects

Return to Science Search homepage   Return to Project List

Integrated bracken control and vegetation restoration: a literature review - BD0505

This study will aim to update the current ADAS guidelines on bracken control/vegetation establishment by combining results obtained from 3 approaches outlined as follows: 1. A detailed review of available literature on bracken control/heath vegetation restoration in upland areas; 2. Discussion with a wide range of personnel who have experience of bracken control and vegetation restoration, including staff from ADAS, MAFF, universities and research councils. Possible visits with workers from these organisations to demonstration sites will be made to evaluate the success of previous attempts at treatment and vegetation establishment; and 3. Use of existing country-wide models of bracken growth and vegetation development after bracken treatment to assess the likely range of bracken control/pest treatment development scenarios, and to estimate likely costs of bracken control under each possible scenario. Models will be linked to the country-wide survey conducted in 1990 by TIE in order to provide a range of different scenarios likely to be found around the country and to produce likely timescales required to re-establish vegetation.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1993

To: 1994

Cost: £19,592
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - Liverpool, Natural Environment Research Council
Fields of Study
Environmental Stewardship