Protect or restore brownfield or ex-industrial sites
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Ex-industrial, or brownfield, sites can provide important early-successional habitat for a range of species, including butterflies and moths. However, such sites are often targeted for urban development (Robins et al. 2013) or fertilized and planted to accelerate succession (Tropek et al. 2010). Legal protection which prevents development may be required to retain such sites, and restoration which maintains a state of early succession may be important for rare and sensitive species (Tropek et al. 2010).
Robins J., Henshall S. & Farr A. (2013) The state of brownfields in the Thames Gateway. Buglife Report, https://cdn.buglife.org.uk/2019/08/The-State-of-Brownfields-in-the-Thames-Gateway_0_0.pdf.
Tropek R., Kadlec T., Karesova P., Spitzer L., Kocarek P., Malenovsky I., Banar P., Tuf I.H., Hejda M., Konvicka M. (2010) Spontaneous succession in limestone quarries as an effective restoration tool for endangered arthropods and plants. Journal of Applied Ecology, 47, 139–147.
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This Action forms part of the Action Synopsis:Butterfly and Moth Conservation
Butterfly and Moth Conservation - Published 2022
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