Study

Top-soil translocation as a technique in the re-creation of species-rich meadows

  • Published source details Vécrin M.P. & Muller S. (2003) Top-soil translocation as a technique in the re-creation of species-rich meadows. Applied Vegetation Science, 6, 271-278.

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This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

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Sow native grass and forbs

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Grassland Conservation
  1. Sow native grass and forbs

    A controlled study from 2001–2002 in a former arable field in northeast France (Vécrin & Muller 2003) found that sowing grass and forb seeds increased the number of meadow plant species. One year after sowing, there were more plant species on average in the area sown with seeds (8 species/quadrat, including 5 meadow species) than in the area that was not sown with seeds (6 species/quadrat, including 3 meadow species). In part of the field, a commercial seed mixture containing cocksfoot Dactylis glomerata, tall fescue Festuca arundinacea and common birdsfoot trefoil Lotus corniculatus was sown in June 2001 at a rate of 30 kg/ha, while in another part of the field no seeds were sown and natural regeneration was allowed. Vegetation was monitored in 50 x 50 cm quadrats at 1 m intervals along 20-m transects in June 2002. Two transects were surveyed in each of the natural regeneration and commercially seeded areas.

    (Summarised by: Philip Martin)

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