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

Actions

This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Raise water levels in ditches or grassland

Action Link
Bird Conservation

Raise water levels in ditches or grassland

Action Link
Farmland Conservation
  1. Raise water levels in ditches or grassland

    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.

     

  2. Raise water levels in ditches or grassland

    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.

     

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