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Individual study: Spontaneous succession of riparian fynbos: Is unassisted recovery a viable restoration strategy?

Published source details

Reinecke M.K., Pigot A.L. & King J.M. (2008) Spontaneous succession of riparian fynbos: Is unassisted recovery a viable restoration strategy? South African Journal of Botany, 74, 412-420


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Allow shrubland to regenerate without active management Shrubland and Heathland Conservation

A before-and-after trial in 2000–2004 in two fynbos habitats previously affected by fire in Western Cape, South Africa (Reinecke et al. 2008) found that allowing shrubland to recover without active restoration increased vegetation cover but not plant species richness. After four years of recovery, vegetation cover was higher (84–94 cm2) than immediately after the site was burned (62–27 cm2). However, after four years of recovery plant species richness did not increase significantly (before: 3–5 species, after: 3–4 species). In 2000 wildfires burned both sites. Two 1 m wide transects consisting of forty-nine to seventy-eight 1 m2 quadrats were used to survey vegetation cover in 2001, 2002, and 2004.

(Summarised by Phil Martin)