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Restoration of a floodplain meadow in Wiltshire, UK through application of green hay and conversion from pasture to meadow management

Rothero, Emma E. C.; Wallace, Hilary H. L and Hosie, Catherine (2019). Restoration of a floodplain meadow in Wiltshire, UK through application of green hay and conversion from pasture to meadow management. Conservation Evidence, 16 pp. 12–16.

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Abstract

In July 2010 green hay from a species-rich donor field was used to diversify a species-poor floodplain meadow (the receiver field), which had previously been managed as a pasture. The receiver site was prepared through harrowing. Green hay was then collected from the donor site and spread on the receiver site using a bale shredder and spreader. It was then managed as a hay meadow, with an annual hay cut in July or August, followed by aftermath grazing. The vegetation in the receiver field was monitored from 2010-2017, as was an adjacent species-rich meadow, which was used as a target reference site. Over this period, the receiver field moved towards a species-rich sward, similar to the target Alopecurus pratensis-Sansguisorba officinalis floodplain community. In 2011, 12 months after the green hay application and change of management, species richness had increased significantly, as had the goodness-of-fit to the target floodplain-meadow community. The transformation from species-poor eutrophicated grassland to a more herb-rich floodplain meadow continued over the following six years, with further increases in the frequency and cover of target species.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2019 Open University
ISSN: 1758-2067
Project Funding Details:
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Keywords: Floodplain Meadow; Restoration; Monitoring
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 66231
Depositing User: Emma Rothero
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2019 14:30
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2019 08:04
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/66231
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