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