Effectiveness of turf stripping as a measure for restoring species-rich fen meadows in suboptimal hydrological conditions

  • Published source details Van der Hoek D. & Heijmans M. (2007) Effectiveness of turf stripping as a measure for restoring species-rich fen meadows in suboptimal hydrological conditions. Restoration Ecology, 15, 627-637.


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Remove upper layer of peat/soil (without planting)

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Peatland Conservation
  1. Remove upper layer of peat/soil (without planting)

    A replicated, paired, controlled study in 1991–2002 in a degraded fen meadow in the Netherlands (van der Hoek et al. 2007) reported that plots stripped of topsoil contained different plant communities to unstripped plots. In particular, stripped plots were characterised by the absence of common haircap moss Polytrichum commune and star sedge Carex echinata. Plant communities in stripped plots also changed over time, whilst they remained stable in unstripped plots. All data were reported as a graphical analysis. The results were not tested for statistical significance. In 1991, surface vegetation and 10–15 cm of organic soil were stripped from two plots in an acidified fen meadow. Two adjacent plots were not stripped. Excess rainwater was drained by ditches. In 1993, 1997, 1999 and 2002, vegetation cover was estimated in representative areas of all four plots.

    (Summarised by: Nigel Taylor)

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