British Wildlife 21.1 October 2009

Habitat management news

Conversion of agricultural land into semi-natural systems may help to counter the current loss of species-rich grasslands and heathlands in the UK and other industrialised countries. However, there are two major constraints for establishment of target species on abandoned land: high soil fertility and limited seed dispersal. Initial plant communities are dominated by weedy pioneer species and tall perennial plants emerging from the seed bank or through rapid dispersal from the surroundings."

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