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Mowing experiments to restore a species-rich sward on sand dunes in Jersey, Channel Islands, GB
Anderson, P.; Romeril, M.G. (1992). Mowing experiments to restore a species-rich sward on sand dunes in Jersey, Channel Islands, GB, in: Carter, R.W.G. et al. (Ed.) Coastal dunes: geomorphology, ecology and management for conservation: Proceedings of the 3rd European Dune Congress Galway, Ireland, 17-21 June 1992. pp. 219-234
In: Carter, R.W.G. et al. (Ed.) (1992). Coastal dunes: geomorphology, ecology and management for conservation: Proceedings of the 3rd European Dune Congress Galway, Ireland, 17-21 June 1992. A.A. Balkema [etc.]: Rotterdam. ISBN 90-5410-058-3. 533 pp., more

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  • Anderson, P.
  • Romeril, M.G.

Abstract
    An extensive dune plain is dominated by tall, thick Rosa pimpinellifolia and grass-dominated communities containing a low diversity of species. Mowing experiments were established in 1983 to examine the effect of annual and biennial treatments. No clear differences between them were found, but diversity was significantly higher on mown compared with unmown plots. In 1984, a new trial was designed to investigate the effects of mowing once near to, or distant from, rabbit warrens. Rabbit activity (gauged by faecal pellet counts) was encouraged on the plots near to the warrens. Plant diversity, richness and the number of annual herbs increased for 2 to 3 years following mowing and then tended to decline again. The implications of these trials for larger scale management prescriptions will be discussed.

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