Study

Rush cutting to create nesting patches for lapwings Vanellus vanellus and other waders, Lower Lough Erne RSPB reserve, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

  • Published source details Robson B. & Allcorn R.I. (2006) Rush cutting to create nesting patches for lapwings Vanellus vanellus and other waders, Lower Lough Erne RSPB reserve, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Conservation Evidence, 3, 81-83

Actions

This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Mow or cut semi-natural grasslands/pastures

Action Link
Bird Conservation
  1. Mow or cut semi-natural grasslands/pastures

    A before-and-after study on three islands (14.5 to 28 ha)  in Lower Lough Erne RSPB reserve, Northern Ireland (Robson & Allcorn 2006), found that numbers of northern lapwing Vanellus vanellus (one pair in 2000 vs. approximately 20 in 2005) and common redshank Tringa totanus (approximately 17 vs. 45) increased in response to the cutting of patches of rushes Juncus spp. in winter (January-February). Lapwings nested almost exclusively in cut patches, whilst redshank nested in uncut areas, but their chicks used the adjacent open areas for feeding.

     

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