The aims of this project were to identify the constraints on the survival of poor-performing, specialist species for a wide range of UK grassland types; and develop and test practical management prescriptions to enhance the establishment of these species under the agri-environment schemes. Defra funded project BD1459.
This project produced the following outputs:
|Final report and summary||Defra publication|
The results from this study will help to inform the refinement of current guidelines and scheme development and should contribute to achieving national biodiversity targets. The main findings were:
- bare ground sowing promoted species establishment.
- the management at site level scale should not be overly prescriptive and should allow for adaptation.
- longer term study is needed to fully understand the species and the vegetation response.