Work will be conducted at different levels.
- Many of the existing calcareous grassland and juniper areas are in a poor or very poor state. The aim here will be to improve the conservation status.
- Many erstwhile calcareous grassland areas are now invaded by scrub or have been forested. The aim is to remove the bushes and the inappropriate trees to restore open-land sites suitable for low-nutrient grasslands.
- In the long run, low-nutrient grasslands will only be sustainable if they are subject to an appropriate management regime. This will include low-impact grazing and other ‘extensivisation’ measures designed to return heavily fertilized fields to less intensive grassland.
- As part of the sustainability drive, the intention is to buy up some of the areas and have others covered by long-term lease arrangements.
On the strength of these four strategies, the following specific conservation and/or remedial measures will be introduced:
|Improvement of the conservation status||– Removal of litter (C1)||13 ha|
|Restoration||– Scrub clearing (C2)||62 ha|
|– Removal of inappropriate forest-tree species (C3)||5 ha|
|– Applying dressings of meadow flower seed (C4)||54 ha|
|– Removal and proper disposal of tipped material (C7)||as needed|
|– Mowing to reduce scrub (C8)||84 ha|
|– Planting of young Juniperus communis bushes (C9)||2 ha|
|Longterm conservation||– Land purchase (B1)||30 ha|
|Land use and management||– Installation of fences (C5)||27 km|
|– Biodiversity agreements (C6)||45 ha|