Study

Reintroduction of grazing management after deforestation of formerly abandoned grassland and its effect on early vegetation changes in the Western Carpathians (Slovakia)

  • Published source details Novák J., Pavlů V. & Ludvíková V. (2013) Reintroduction of grazing management after deforestation of formerly abandoned grassland and its effect on early vegetation changes in the Western Carpathians (Slovakia). Grass and Forage Science, 68, 448-458.

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Sow native grass and forbs

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Grassland Conservation
  1. Sow native grass and forbs

    A replicated, randomized, controlled study in 2006–2008 in formerly forested grasslands in Slovakia (Novák et al. 2013) found that sowing grass and forb seeds did not alter plant species richness or cover compared to not sowing with seeds. In each of three years, plant species richness did not differ significantly between plots that were sown with grass and forb seeds (18–26 species) and plots that were not sown (16–25 species). The same pattern was true for vegetation cover (sown: 18–90%; unsown: 47–82%). In spring 2006, all shrubs and trees were cut and wood removed from the site. In three 2.2 x 2.2 m plots, bare ground was raked and seeded with a mixture of four grass and two legume species at a rate of 12.6 kg/ha, while three plots were left unseeded. All plots were grazed by cattle from May to October each year. In May 2006–2008, the cover and species richness of plants was visually estimated within a 1 x 1 m quadrat placed in the centre of each plot.

     

    (Summarised by: Anna Berthinussen)

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