Action: Maintain rush pastures
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- We have captured no evidence for the effects of maintaining rush pastures on farmland wildlife.
'No evidence' for an action means we have not yet found any studies that directly and quantitatively tested this action during our systematic journal and report searches. Therefore we have been unable to assess whether or not the action is effective or has any harmful impacts. Please get in touch if you know of such a study for this action.
Rush pastures are found in western Europe in lowland areas with poorly draining, typically acidic soils which receive high rainfall. Characteristic vegetation includes rushes such as sharp-flowered rush Juncus acutiflorus, as well as purple moor grass Molinia caerulea. This habitat is susceptible to agricultural modification and reclamation (UK BAP 2008).
UK BAP (2008) Purple moor grass and rush pastures. UK Biodiversity Action Plan Priority Habitat Descriptions. Biodiversity Reporting and Information Group.