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An ecological basis for the management of grassland field margins

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Spratt, SE, Cooper, A and McCann, TP (2011) An ecological basis for the management of grassland field margins. Association of Applied Biologists. 45 pp ISBN 0265-1491 [Book (authored)]

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Abstract

Field margin management of improved and semi-improved grasslands is an option ofagri-environment schemes in Northern Ireland (NI). Species communities of field marginsmay differ regionally and as a result of local environment and management factors. Thisregional scale study aimed to assess the plant species composition of the field margins ofmanaged grasslands to develop an ecological basis for their management. Multivariateanalysis showed that the field margin species assemblage has a significantly differentspecies composition to that of the grass field. Its species composition was determinedlargely by a soil nutrient gradient, in particular soil nitrogen. A management objective toincrease the plant species diversity value of field margins should aim to reduce the grassfield nutrient input intensity or the influence of nutrient inputs on the field margin itself,while maintaining a grazing regime.Key words: Grassland field margins, plant

Item Type:Book (authored)
Keywords:Grassland field margins, plant communities, management, Northern Ireland
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Environmental Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Environmental Sciences Research Institute
Environmental Sciences Research Institute > Terrestrial Ecology
ID Code:18472
Deposited By:DR Alan Cooper
Deposited On:24 May 2011 08:28
Last Modified:24 May 2011 08:28

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