Nature conservation in agricultural ecosystems: results of the Schorfheide-Chorin Research Project

  • Published source details Flade M., Platcher H., Schmidt R. & Werner A. (2003) Nature conservation in agricultural ecosystems: results of the Schorfheide-Chorin Research Project. Quelle & Meyer.


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Use mowing techniques to reduce mortality

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Farmland Conservation
  1. Use mowing techniques to reduce mortality

    A 2003 report documenting the results of a large-scale agro-conservation project in northeast Germany (Flade et al. 2003) included a review of five studies investigating the impacts of meadow mowing techniques on animal mortality. One study found that a double chop mower killed or injured fewer amphibians than the higher performance rotary drum or disc mowers. Cutting using scythes, considered a more cautious method, still injured more amphibians than a double-chop mower, and killed a similar number of amphibians. Another study found that double-chop mowers preserved more ground beetles (Carabidae), perhaps due to their higher (and variable) cutting height. A further three studies demonstrated the importance of mowing technology for amphibians, invertebrates and nesting birds.


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