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Individual study: Effects of grey willow Salix cinerea removal on the floristic diversity of a wet dune-slack at Cabin Hill National Nature Reserve on the Sefton Coast, Merseyside, England

Published source details

Smith P.H. & Kimpton A. (2008) Effects of grey willow Salix cinerea removal on the floristic diversity of a dune-slack at Cabin Hill National Nature Reserve on the Sefton Coast, Merseyside, Englandwet d. Conservation Evidence, 5, 6-11

Summary

Cutting, removal and herbicide stump-treatment of dense grey willow Salix cinerea scrub from a 1 ha wet dune-slack was undertaken in a northwest England National Nature Reserve. This resulted, over the next two years, in colonisation by 139 vascular plant taxa. Of these, 11 are nationally or regionally notable, with 28 being new reserve records. The high proportion of ruderal plants in the first year was largely replaced by dune species in the second season after scrub removal.