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Autecological studies on the rare orchid Liparis loeselii and their application to the management of dune slack ecosystems in South Wales
Jones, P.S.; Etherington, J.R. (1992). Autecological studies on the rare orchid Liparis loeselii and their application to the management of dune slack ecosystems in South Wales, 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. 299-312
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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  • Jones, P.S.
  • Etherington, J.R.

Abstract
    The decline of Liparis loeselii in both reedswamp and dune slack ecosystems is reviewed, particularly with reference to the British Isles. Putative causal agents of this decline are considered with reference to records of the distribution of L. loeselii in south Wales over the past 100 years. Phytosociological studies suggest that the decline of Liparis loeselii in South Wales may be related to the development of tall high cover stands of Salix repens in association with the formation of thick bryophyte mats, dominated chiefly by Calliergon cuspidatum. The initial results of a detailed demographic monitoring programme suggest that one of the primary factors contributing to the decline of Liparis loeselii may be the loss of bare peat 'microsites' suitable for the establishment of seedlings. A number of experimental management practices currently being considered for use at Kenfig NNR are discussed with respect to the future conservation of Liparis loeselii.

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