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Individual study: Bracken Pteridium aquilinum control on small conservation sites, Miserden, UK

Published source details

Grange I. (2013) Bracken Pteridium aquilinum control on small conservation sites, Miserden, UK. Conservation Evidence, 10, 16-19

Summary

The objective of this work was to test the effectiveness of reducing bracken density by cutting once or twice a year, or by hand-pulling, compared with a control. The experimental site had already been managed by annually cutting bracken for about 10 years. One year after the management treatments were applied to the plots, both the cut treatments had significantly shorter fronds than the control, but no difference was seen with the pulling treatment. Frond densities and frond coverage were not significantly different from the control, with each showing high variability between plots.