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When Has an Abandoned Field Become a Semi-Natural Grassland or Heathland?

Ejrnæs, Rasmus; Liira, Jaan and Poulsen, Roar S. (2008) When Has an Abandoned Field Become a Semi-Natural Grassland or Heathland? Enviromental Management, 42 (4), pp. 707-716.

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Summary

This study deals with the succession from abandoned fields to semi-natural grassland and heathland vegetation and the discrimination between these types of habitat. We hypothesise that semi-natural condition may be indicated by species lists of vascular plants. A statistical classification model is developed, based on 2059 reference samples from Danish ancient grasslands and heathlands, and abandoned fields of varying age. This Succession Model is shown to discriminate effectively between abandoned fields and semi-natural habitats, and it is suggested to be useful for the detection of conservation-worthy abandoned fields. A test of four hypotheses regarding the model prediction of naturalness of abandoned fields revealed that successional age, period of abandonment and successional trajectory had significant impact on the succession on abandoned fields. The implications of the results for restoration of semi-natural habitats and the usefulness of the model in practical conservation management are discussed.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Agrovoc keywords:
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English
grassland management
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_3364
English
habitats
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_3456
English
heathland soils
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_3523
English
vegetation
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_8176
Subjects: Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Research affiliation: Denmark > DARCOF II (2000-2005) > III.5 Nature quality in organic farming
Denmark > AU - Aarhus University > AU, NERI - National Environmental Research Institute
DOI:10.1007/s00267-008-9183-6
Deposited By: Ursu, Ancuta
ID Code:43817
Deposited On:03 Mar 2022 07:28
Last Modified:03 Mar 2022 07:28
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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