Study

Large‐scale restoration of dry grasslands on ex‐arable land using a regional seed mixture: establishment of target species

  • Published source details Prach K., Jongepierová I. & Řehounková K. (2013) Large‐scale restoration of dry grasslands on ex‐arable land using a regional seed mixture: establishment of target species. Restoration Ecology, 21, 33-39.

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This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Sow native grass and forbs

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Grassland Conservation
  1. Sow native grass and forbs

    A replicated, site comparison study in 2009 in 34 restored grassland sites and 20 intact grassland sites in the Czech Republic (Prach et al. 2013) found that sowing seeds of grass and forb species produced a different plant community to that of intact grasslands, but older sites were more similar to intact grasslands. Sites where seeds were sown had different plant communities to intact grasslands (data reported as ordination analysis). However, sites that were older had a community composition more similar to that of intact grasslands (data reported as ordination analysis). Thirty-four ex-arable sites where a mixture of grasses, legumes and other forbs had been sown 1–12 years previously were selected for study. These sites were compared to nearby species-rich grasslands. In June 2009, at each restored site, three 5 x 5 m plots were established and cover of all plant species estimated visually. Information on intact grasslands was taken from a national database. All sites were mowed once annually in June–August.

    (Summarised by: Philip Martin)

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