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LM0450: Evaluating the relative importance of site and landscape characteristics and the effectiveness of restoring species-rich grassland through agri-environment schemes by sampling invertebrate communities (RP01878)

The project explored how to maximise the success of arable reversion for the benefit of native invertebrate biodiversity through analysing the influence of a range of site and landscape features. These features were considered in relation to their contribution to the four main factors that promote ecological networks as described in the Lawton review ie sites should be:

  • bigger;
  • better;
  • more; and
  • joined up.

Project details

Start date2014-04-01
Project spend£119,947.05

Project outputs

This project produced the following outputs:

Final reportDefra publication

Closing statement

Conclusions drawn from this study include:

  • New arable reversion sites should be prioritised on their closeness to existing species rich grasslands.
  • Where existing arable reversion lies within landscapes with a high level of arable cover, measures such as pollen and nectar mixes and floristically enhanced margins should be put in place to promote the dispersal of invertebrate species.




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