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Testing solutions in grass-dominated landscapes: a review of current research

Buckingham, D. L., Atkinson, P. W. and Rook, A. J. (2004) Testing solutions in grass-dominated landscapes: a review of current research. Ibis, 146. pp. 163-170. ISSN 0019-1019

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Abstract/Summary

In this paper we review the experimental development of agri-environment measures for use on grasslands. Sward structure has been shown to have a strong influence on birds' ability to forage in grasslands, but the effects of food abundance on foraging behaviour are poorly understood and this hinders development of grassland conservation measures. The experiments described have a dual purpose: to investigate the foraging ecology of birds on grasslands and to test candidate management measures. Most of the work featured focuses on increasing invertebrate food resources during the summer by increasing habitat heterogeneity. We also identify important gaps in the habitats provided by existing or experimental measures, where similar dual-purpose experiments are required.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
ID Code:8348
Uncontrolled Keywords:FARMLAND BIRDS, HABITAT, ENGLAND

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