Conservation and regeneration of structure and floristic biodiversity of montane meadows - 15 years of scientific contribution to conservation management in the Harz Mountains

  • Published source details Dierschke H. & Peppler-Lisbach C. (2009) Erhaltung und Wiederherstellung der Struktur und floristischen Biodiversität von Bergwiesen - 15 Jahre wissenschaftliche Begleitung von Pflegemaßnahmen im Harz. Tuexenia, 29, 145-179.


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Maintain species-rich, semi-natural grassland

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Farmland Conservation
  1. Maintain species-rich, semi-natural grassland

    A controlled replicated trial in the Harz mountains of northern Germany (Dierschke & Peppler-Lisbach 2009) found that annual mowing from the end of June onwards was the best method for conserving and restoring mountain meadows. Ideally, this management should occur within a mosaic of areas which are mown less frequently or not at all. Mulching was a less effective form of management, due to the development of a thick litter layer. Mowing every two or three years benefited species with more rigorous growth, and abandonment led to the development of stands of tall herb communities. The study was replicated over four meadow sites, with treatments (annual mowing, two or three yearly mowing, mulching and abandonment) commencing in 1987-1988, and plant surveys continuing until 2003.


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