Regeneration of grassy fynbos near Grahamstown (eastern Cape) after fire

  • Published source details Richardson G.R., Lubke R.A. & Guilarmod A.J. (1984) Regeneration of grassy fynbos near Grahamstown (eastern Cape) after fire. South African Journal of Botany, 3, 153-162


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Allow shrubland to regenerate without active management

Action Link
Shrubland and Heathland Conservation
  1. Allow shrubland to regenerate without active management

    A before-and-after trial in 1980–1981 in grassy fynbos habitat previously affected by fire in Eastern Cape Province, South Africa (Richardson et al. 1984) found that allowing recovery of vegetation without any active restoration increased the abundance of three of twenty plant species. After one year, three of twenty plant species had higher abundance (3–12 plants/m2) than immediately after the fire (2–6 plants/m2). In August 1980 fire burned the majority of the site. Twelve 1 m2 quadrats were placed at the site and abundance of plants was recorded every month between December 1980 and December 1981.

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