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Clear-felling dune plantations: studies in vegetation recovery
Sturgess, P. (1992). Clear-felling dune plantations: studies in vegetation recovery, 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. 339-349
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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    The majority of fertile seeds in a 70 year old plantation are 'weed' seeds in the litter layer. The original dune seed-bank is diminished. The initial response to clear-felling is the establishment of a weed community characterised by Senecio spp and Chamaenerion angustifolium. Below the needle litter, the soil is not significantly different from a typical grey-dune soil. The litter contains high concentrations of nitrogen and phosphorus, which can be lost quickly after clear-felling. After the first few months the remaining litter breaks down more slowly.

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