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Conference paper, 2003

Grazing practices as a tool to create environmental and pastoral resources

Tichit, Muriel; Haglind, Per; Kerneis, Eric; Leger, Francis


ABSTRACT In the French marshland, lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) population decreased sharply during the last twenty years, in conjunction with the intensification of agricultural use of wet grasslands. Public policies now recognise that livestock production can promote environmental objectives. For the remaining wet grasslands, the .Natura 2000. EU regulation provides a statutory framework and incentives for their conservation, with a high priority on ornithological interests. Farmers have to provide concrete response, in order to generate new grazing practices fulfilling both environmental and productive goals. Since these grasslands are mostly privately owned and grazed by cattle, it is relevant to wonder if grazing management can direct sward cover states towards matching the habitat characteristics required by lapwings. First, we make review the habitat variables which are critical to this species. Second, we present methods used to monitor the impact of grazing on sward state during spring. Third, we assess sward structure created by the different grazing regimes in relation to the habitat requirements of lapwing. We finally tackle the questions raised by the conservation or creation of a multipurpose resource : ensuring both cattle feeding and bird habitat

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Title: Proceedings of the VIIth International Rangelands Congress 26th July . 1st August 2003, Durban, South Africa
ISBN: 0-958-45348-9


7th International Rangeland Congress (IRC) South Africa, July 2003

    UKÄ Subject classification

    Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use

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