Soil Microbial Community, Fertility, Vegetation and Diversity as Targets in the Restoration Management of a Meadow Grassland

Smith, R.S., R.S. Shiel, R.D. Bardgett, D. Millward, P. Corkhill, G. Rolph, P.J. Hobbs and S. Peacock

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The enhancement of biodiversity in meadow grassland is a long-term (> 10-year) secondary succession, most rapidly achieved in the absence of mineral fertilizer by cutting for hay in mid- July and autumn grazing with cattle. The sowing of key functional species, i.e. legumes and Rhinanthus minor, was important in facilitating the staged colonization of other sown species.

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Peer-reviewed Article

Journal of Applied Ecology