3.2 Impacts of land use on the biological diversity of grasslands

Mérő, TO, A Žuljević, K Varga & Sz Lengyel (2018) Reed management influences philopatry to reed habitats in the Great Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus). Condor: Ornithological Applications 120: 94-105

We study the impacts of the most common modes of land use on animal communities of grassland habitats in field experiments and observations. We quantify changes in multiple groups of animals (arthropods, amphibians, birds, small mammals) along a gradient of land use intensity (intensive and extensive croplands; livestock grazing and mowing in degraded, restored and seminatural grasslands and in natural alkali and loess grasslands, and along a dry-wet gradient of habitat types (dry loess grasslands, alkali grasslands, temporarily inundated meadows, alkali marshes). The study will provide knowledge that can be directly used in the practice of nature conservation and serves as a foundation for the detailed study of community assembly (5.2.) and ecosystem functions and services (6.).