European wet grassland: Guidelines for management and restoration

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by Phil Benstead, Paul José, Chris Joyce and Max Wade

Shelfmark: HA/GR/007 (box)

This book describes the techniques applied to, and management objectives set for, a number of wet grassland projects.  Initial chapters define wet grassland, look at site evaluation and planning, and explain each management technique in detail. Case Studies make up the greater part of this guide, giving a comprehensive picture of the status of wet grassland management in northern and central Europe at the end of the twentieth century.

From the foreword:

Conservation of flooodplain wetlands is no longer regarded as an ‘add-on’ with benefits for wildlife but as an essential process with important social and economic benefits. These factors are recognised in the Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy and underpin the philosophy behind the development of the European agri-environment schemes.

The future of wet grassland in Europe is intimately linked with the future of traditional, low-intensity pasture and meadow management, and the steady improvement of agri-environment schemes.

The Guidelines bring together examples of wet grassland management form around North-west and Central Europe and are extremely timely as European attention turns to best practice management and restoration of floodplain wetland biotopes. Currently, wet grassland wildlife in Europe faces and uncertain future and to ensure its survival it will be necessary to encourage proper management of existing areas as well as the expansion of the resource by restoration.

Contents

Acknowledgements
Foreword
Preface

Part 1. Introduction to European wet grassland

1.1 Wet grassland
1.2 Biodiversity
1.3 Threats
1.4 The way forward?

Part 2. Site evaluation and management planning

2.1 Introduction – setting goals and how to acheive them
2.2 Planning for management and restoration
2.3 Making choices

Part 3. Management

3.1 Grassland vegetation management
3.2 Water management
3.3 Management of associated biotopes
3.4 Restoration management
3.5 Management for wildlife
3.6 Monitoring species, biotopes and projects

Part 4. Case Studies

1. Biebzanski Park Narodowy (Biebrza National Park), Poland
2. Srednyaya Pripyat (Floodplain of Mid Pripyat River), Belarus
3. Pulborough Brooks, United Kingdom
4. The Shannon Callows, Republic of Ireland
5. The Broads Grazing Marshes, United Kingdom
6. Eilandspolder and Polder Mijzen, Netherlands
7. Hullo ja Sviby Laht (Hullo and Sviby Bays), Vormsi, Estonia
8. Matsalu, Estonia
9. De Veenkampen, Netherlands
10. Vecdaugava, Latvia
11. Marais de la Vacherie, France
12. Alúvium Rieky Moravy (Morava River Floodplan), Slovakia
13. Niva Reky Lužnice (Lužnice River Floodplain), Czech Republic
14. Hornborgasjön (Lake Hornborga), Sweden
15. River Brede Floodplain, Denmark
16. Donauaue bei Pfatter (Floodplain of the River Danube), Germany

Appendices

Appendix 1. Glossary
Appendix 2. Abbreviations used in the text
Appendix 3. Bird Species of European Conservation Concern occuring in wet grassland in North and Central Europe
Appendix 4. International instruments relating to European wet grassland management

References and further reading
Index

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