Riparian buffer strips: can they enhance pollinators in intensive grassland landscapes?
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Within intensively managed grasslands the erection of fences adjacent to watercourses to reduce diffuse pollution is becoming increasingly widespread. Providing areas of semi-natural vegetation within such riparian buffer strips can enhance habitat heterogeneity and connectivity which can in turn favour a range of species (Cole et al., 2008; 2012a; 2012b; McCracken et al., 2012). With funding from the Scottish Government’s 2011-16 Environment Research Programme1, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) established a project aiming to determine ifriparian buffer strips enhance pollinators (i.e. bumblebees and butterflies) in two grassland dominated landscapes (i.e. Ayrshire and Kirkcudbrightshire).
Other Titles/Title of Conference
SRUC and SEPA Biennial Conference: Agriculture and the Environment X, Delivering Multiple Benefits from our Land: Sustainable Development in Practice, Edinburgh, UK
Journal Title/Title of Proceedings
Proceedings of the SRUC and SEPA Biennial Conference