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Linear features: linear habitats & wildlife corridors

English Nature Research Report 60

Abstract

Semi-natural vegetation in the British countryside, particularly in the lowland, is patchily distributed in a matrix of intensively managed agricultural land, urban area and commercial plantations of introduced conifers. Connecting these remnant patches are linear features of different sorts, hedges, streams, road and railway verges. Linear features have a value for conservation both as habitat in their own right and as potential wildlife corridors. In addition thcse features provide environmental benefits in both rural and urban situations, such as reducing soil erosion and pollution. They have considerable landscape importance and much potential for recreation and education, particularly in urban areas.

Author(s): Spellerberg, IF, Gaywood, MJ

Journal: English Nature Research Report 60

Year: 1993

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