The Restoration of Ecological Interactions: Plant–Pollinator Networks on Ancient and Restored Heathlands

Forup, M.L., K.S.E. Henson, P.G. Craze and J. Memmott

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Ecological networks provide a powerful tool for assessing the outcome of restoration programmes. Our results indicate that heathland restoration does not have to occur immediately adjacent to ancient heathland for functional pollinator communities to be established. Moreover, in terms of restoring pollinator interactions, heathland managers need only be concerned with the most common insect species. Our focus on pollination demonstrates how a key ecological service can serve as a yardstick for judging restoration success.

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Peer-reviewed Article

Journal of Applied Ecology