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Improved knowledge of the effects of breed and stocking rate on faunal diversity in biodiverse grasslands

This result provides new and improved knowledge of the effects of livestock breed and stocking rate on faunal diversity in biodiverse grasslands. The key innovative feature is the breed comparison and the level of detail across a wide range of faunal taxa. The results show that there is very little effect of breed. A lenient stocking rate is better overall for species richness and abundance of invertebrates, though there are some more subtle taxa specific signals. The results will be disseminated by the partners through their ongoing contacts with extension services and end users and via a peer refereed publication. The result will be used by farmers and conservation managers to better manage biodiverse grasslands for fauna and by policy makers to more effective target agri-environmental schemes. The main benefit will be improved predictability of outcomes of managements and schemes.

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Dutch Butterfly Conservation
De Vlinderstichting/Dutch Butterfly Conservation, PO Box 506
6700 AM Wageningen
Netherlands
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