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Evaluation of conservation status of roadside verges and their vegetation in north England

By K.F. Akbar, William H.G. Hale and Alistair D.D. Headley

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NoThe roadside verges and their vegetation in selected counties of north England were evaluated for their conservation status. Thirty five different road sections each 50 m long along different A and B class roads were surveyed and the criteria selected for conservation evaluation included verge area, plant diversity, species richness, disturbance, presence of rare species and structure of hedges. A field assessment sheet was prepared in which, for each factor, a numerical rating system was used. For each factor, information was recorded to help the surveyor in choosing the appropriate score for that site. The rarity of recorded species was determined from the published sources. Most of the surveyed verges (54%) are of low conservation value, 40% are of medium conservation value and only 6% have high conservation status. Despite the unsatisfactory situation, there is considerable potential for using roadside verges for nature conservation because medium class verges could be improved by adopting sound management techniques.Article in Pres

Topics: Roadside Vegetation, Verge, Conservation, Management, England, Europe, United Kingdom
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:bradscholars.brad.ac.uk:10454/4742
Provided by: Bradford Scholars
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