Responses of plant functional groups in grazed and abandoned areas of a Natural Protected Area

  • Published source details Bermejo L.A., de N.L., Mata J., Fernández-Lugo S., Camacho A. & Arévalo J.R. (2012) Responses of plant functional groups in grazed and abandoned areas of a Natural Protected Area. Basic and Applied Ecology, 13, 312-318.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Reduce number of livestock

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Shrubland and Heathland Conservation
  1. Reduce number of livestock

    A randomized, site comparison in 1975–2005 in coastal shrubland on the island of Gomera, Spain (Bermejo et al. 2012) found that reducing the number of goats did not increase plant cover after 30 years. There was no significant difference in plant cover between areas where goats had been removed (67%) and areas where goats were present (67%). Goat abundance in grazed areas was low – 0.1 goat/ha. Twenty 30 m transects were randomly located in grazed areas and 16 in ungrazed areas. Plant cover was assessed every 30 cm.

    (Summarised by: Phil Martin)

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