Conservation of heathland by sheep grazing in Brittany (France): Importance of grazing period on dry and mesophilous heathlands

  • Published source details Gallet S. & Roze F. (2001) Conservation of heathland by sheep grazing in Brittany (France): Importance of grazing period on dry and mesophilous heathlands. Ecological Engineering, 17, 333-344.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

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Increase number of livestock

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Shrubland and Heathland Conservation
  1. Increase number of livestock

    A replicated, before-and-after trial in 1996–1998 in coastal heathland in France (Gallet & Roze 2001) found that grazing to control native woody species increased vegetation cover in one of five sites, but did not increase it in four of five sites (data presented as vegetation cover index). Between nine and ten sheep were introduced to each of five paddocks in 1996. Vegetation was surveyed every one to ten months in four 10 m transects in each paddock using a point quadrat

    (Summarised by: Phil Martin)

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