Local habitat management and landscape-scale restoration influence small-mammal communities in grasslands

  • Published source details Mérő T.O., Bocz R., Polyák L., Horváth G. & Lengyel S. (2015) Local habitat management and landscape-scale restoration influence small-mammal communities in grasslands. Animal Conservation, 18, 442-450


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Restore or create grassland

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Terrestrial Mammal Conservation
  1. Restore or create grassland

    A replicated, site comparison study in 2011–2012 in a marsh and grassland site in Hungary (Mérő et al. 2015) found that grassland restored on former cropland hosted a similar species richness and abundance of small mammals compared to native grassland. The average species richness in restored grassland plots (0–5.9/survey) did not differ significantly from native grassland (0–6.0/survey). Likewise, the average total small mammal catch did not differ between restored grassland (0–40/survey) and native grassland (0–48/survey). However, among restored plots, June-mown restorations had more individuals (1–40/survey) than did August-mown (0–17/survey) or sheep-grazed (0–9/survey) restorations. Restoration was carried out in 2005–2008 on former cropland. Within a 4,073-ha site, eight restored grassland plots and two natural grassland plots were studied. Plots covered 16–300 ha. Small mammals were surveyed using 36 Sherman live traps/site, over five nights and days, in spring and autumn of 2011 and 2012.

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