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Record number 439805
Title Temporal effects of agri-environment schemes on ditch bank plant species
Author(s) Dijk, W.F.A. van; Schaffers, A.P.; Leewis, L.; Berendse, F.; Snoo, G.R. de
Source Basic and Applied Ecology 14 (2013)4. - ISSN 1439-1791 - p. 289 - 297.
Department(s) Nature Conservation and Plant Ecology
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2013
Keyword(s) agricultural landscapes - farmland biodiversity - peat areas - grassland - restoration - europe - netherlands - management - vegetation - diversity
Abstract Many of the agri-environment schemes (AES) implemented in the Western Peat District of the Netherlands have as their objective the conservation of the diversity of ditch bank plants. We investigated the effects of AES on ditch bank species in this area, using a dataset collected by 377 farmers who managed and monitored ditch banks during a 10-year period. We found that species richness has increased minimally over the last 10 years in ditch banks. Yet, we found no differences in increases in time between ditch banks with and without AES. In both ditch bank types plant species composition changed to species with higher nitrogen tolerance. Furthermore, species that disperse over long distances by water increased, whereas species with no capacity to disperse over long distances declined in both ditch bank types. This indicates that changes in vegetation composition in ditch banks are affected by other factors than AES.
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