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Individual study: Botanical monitoring of restored lowland wet grassland at Campfield Marsh RSPB Reserve, Cumbria, England

Published source details

Lyons G. (2005) Botanical monitoring of restored lowland wet grassland at Campfield Marsh RSPB Reserve, Cumbria, England. Conservation Evidence, 2, 43-46


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Raise water levels in ditches or grassland Bird Conservation

A before-and-after study at Campfield Marsh RSPB Reserve, Cumbria, England (Lyons 2005), found that five years after water levels were raised in August 1995, breeding common snipe Gallinago gallinago and northern lapwing recolonised the site and that, over the reserve as a whole, breeding curlew Numenius arquata densities were 6 pairs/km² (one of the highest UK breeding densities). Five fields comprising 23 ha of former cattle-grazed, species-poor perennial rye-grass Lolium perenne dominated grassland and arable cropland were restored. Over the five years vegetation also shifted towards target plant communities characteristic of wet grassland.

 

Raise water levels in ditches or grassland Farmland Conservation

A before-and-after study at Campfield Marsh RSPB Reserve, Cumbria, England  (Lyons 2005) found that five years after water levels were raised in August 1995, breeding common snipe Gallinago gallinago and northern lapwing Vanellus vanellus recolonized the site and that, over the reserve as a whole, breeding Eurasian curlew Numenius arquata densities were 5.5 pairs/km² (one of the highest UK breeding densities). Five fields comprising 23 ha of former cattle-grazed, species-poor perennial rye grass Lolium perenne dominated grassland and arable cropland were restored. Over the five years vegetation also shifted towards target plant communities characteristic of wet grassland.