Grass field margins and Orthoptera in eastern England

  • Published source details Gardiner T., Hill J. & Marshall E.J.P. (2008) Grass field margins and Orthoptera in eastern England. Entomologist's Gazette, 59, 251-257.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

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Plant grass buffer strips/margins around arable or pasture fields

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Farmland Conservation
  1. Plant grass buffer strips/margins around arable or pasture fields

    A 2008 literature review of grasshoppers (Acrididae) and bush-crickets (Tettigoniidae) (order: Orthoptera) in 6 m-wide grass margins around arable fields in eastern England, UK (Gardiner et al. 2008) found that grass margins appear to increase grasshopper and bush-cricket diversity and abundance in landscapes with small to intermediate field sizes (Marshall et al. 2006), but not in landscapes with large and intensively-farmed fields (Gardiner & Hill 2005). The review suggested that landscape context at different scales, management routines such as cutting and species composition within the margins affect grasshopper/cricket populations in field margins.

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