Evaluation of the short‐term progress of restoration combining ecological assessment and public perception

  • Published source details Petursdottir T., Aradottir A.L. & Benediktsson K. (2013) Evaluation of the short‐term progress of restoration combining ecological assessment and public perception. Restoration Ecology, 21, 75-85.


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Sow grass seeds

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  1. Sow grass seeds

    A replicated, controlled study in 1999–2005 in a formerly overgrazed area in Iceland (Petursdottir et al. 2013) found that sowing grass seeds increased vegetation cover, but not plant species richness. Vegetation cover was higher in areas where seeds were sown (72–91%) than in areas where they were not (6%). Plant species richness did not differ significantly between areas that were seeded and areas that were not seeded (no data reported). In 1999, some areas of the site were sown with red fescue Festuca rubra and Kentucky bluegrass Poa pratensis seeds, while other areas were not sown with seeds (levels of replication were unclear from the study). In August–September 2005, five 10 × 10 m plots were established in seeded areas and five plots were established in unseeded areas. Vegetation cover in ten 0.5 x 0.5 m quadrats within each plot was surveyed.

    (Summarised by: Philip Martin)

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