Retain/maintain road verges as small mammal habitat
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Roads can damage or destroy grassland habitats that host a range of mammal species, especially rodents and other small mammals. Roadside verges provide habitat that can at least partly mitigate this loss for a range of small mammal species (e.g. Ascensão et al. 2012; Bellamy et al. 2000).
Ascensão, F., Clevenger, A., Grilo, C., Filipe, J., & Santos-Reis, M. (2012). Highway verges as habitat providers for small mammals in agrosilvopastoral environments. Biodiversity and Conservation, 21, 3681-3697.
Bellamy P.E., Shore R.F., Ardeshir D., Treweek J.R. & Sparks T.H. (2000) Road verges as habitat for small mammals in Britain. Mammal Review, 30, 131–139.