Individual study: Restoring species-rich grassland at New Grove Meadows, Monmouthshire, Wales, UK
Winder J.S. (2013) Restoring species-rich grassland at New Grove Meadows, Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. Conservation Evidence, 10, 20-23
Concern over the decline in species-rich grassland in the UK has led to a focus on restoration. This study looks at the rate of natural colonisation of species into semi-improved grassland from adjacent unimproved species rich grassland over a 12 year period. During this period the grassland had been managed traditionally with an annual hay cut followed by aftermath grazing and no input of fertilizer or farm yard manure. During 2000 and 2012 vegetation surveys were carried out on two unimproved fields and two semi-improved fields. These data were analysed for species-richness using two variables; Total species, and Wildlife Site Indicator species. A National Vegetation Classification survey was undertaken in 2012. Species-richness increased significantly in the semi-improved meadows during the study period. These meadows now meet the criteria for Wildlife Site designation and the National Vegetation Classification community is shifting from MG6 to the target community MG5.