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The crop headland

The Ecology of Hedgerows and Field Margins (pp.110 - 122)


Wildlife conservation on farmland focuses on margin habitats such as hedgerows and strips of semi-natural vegetation that separate different fields. But little attention is paid to the outermost areas of crops, immediately adjacent to these margin structures, that can provide important areas for wildlife, especially for foraging in the spring and summer. Work initiated for the conservation of grey partridges provides the focus for such crop edge manipulations and is described here. As well as pesticide applications to cereal crops in the UK, work elsewhere in Europe, work in non-cereal crops, and work on reducing nitrogen inputs are also described.

Author(s): Sotherton, NW

Journal: The Ecology of Hedgerows and Field Margins (pp.110 - 122)

Year: 2019


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