Leave areas of uncut ryegrass in silage field
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
This intervention involves leaving areas of uncut ryegrass Lolium perenne in silage fields. Ryegrass seeds are a potential food source for small mammals, but cutting ryegrass fields multiple times a year for silage removes seed heads before they can ripen and so reduces the food available the following winter. Leaving fields or plots uncut may provide overwinter food for small mammals and may also provide suitable habitat away from damaging harvesting machinery.