Study

Restoration of hay meadows on ex‐arable land: commercial seed mixtures vs. spontaneous succession

  • Published source details Lencová K. & Prach K. (2011) Restoration of hay meadows on ex‐arable land: commercial seed mixtures vs. spontaneous succession. Grass and Forage Science, 66, 265-271.

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This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Sow native grass and forbs

Action Link
Grassland Conservation
  1. Sow native grass and forbs

    A replicated, site comparison study in 2008 in ex-arable fields in the Czech Republic (Lencová & Prach 2011) found that sowing grass and forb seeds did not alter the number of meadow species, but older fields had vegetation communities more similar to those of undisturbed grasslands. The number of meadow or ruderal species in fields that were sown with seeds were not significantly different from those found in fields where no seeds were sown (no data reported). However, in both sown and unsown fields the similarity of vegetation communities to nearby undisturbed grasslands was higher in older fields (data reported as Czekanovski index). Twenty-six fields that were sown with commercial seed mixes containing grass and forb seeds and nine fields that were not sown with seeds were selected for study. Sowing rates in sowed fields were 30–35 kg/ha. All fields were grazed and/or mowed. In June/­July 2008, data on plant species was collected in all fields and nearby intact vegetation (replication in surveys unclear).

    (Summarised by: Philip Martin)

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