This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Allow shrubland to regenerate without active management

Action Link
Shrubland and Heathland Conservation
  1. Allow shrubland to regenerate without active management

    A before-and-after trial in 2000–2004 in two fynbos habitats previously affected by fire in Western Cape, South Africa (Reinecke et al. 2008) found that allowing shrubland to recover without active restoration increased vegetation cover but not plant species richness. After four years of recovery, vegetation cover was higher (84–94 cm2) than immediately after the site was burned (62–27 cm2). However, after four years of recovery plant species richness did not increase significantly (before: 3–5 species, after: 3–4 species). In 2000 wildfires burned both sites. Two 1 m wide transects consisting of forty-nine to seventy-eight 1 m2 quadrats were used to survey vegetation cover in 2001, 2002, and 2004.

Output references
What Works in Conservation

What Works in Conservation

What Works in Conservation assesses the research looking at whether interventions are beneficial or not. It is based on summarised evidence in synopses, on topics such as amphibians, bats, biodiversity in European farmland, and control of freshwater invasive species. More are available and in progress.

More about What Works in Conservation

Download free PDF or purchase
Our Journal: Conservation Evidence

Our Journal:
Conservation Evidence

A unique, free to publish open-access journal publishing research and case studies that measure the effects of conservation actions.

Read latest volume: Volume 16

Special issues: Amphibian special issue

Go to the Journal

Subscribe to our newsletter

Please add your details if you are interested in receiving updates from the Conservation Evidence team about new papers, synopses and opportunities.

Who uses Conservation Evidence?

Meet the evidence champions

Endangered Landscape Programme Red List Champion - Arc Kent Wildlife Trust The Rufford Foundation Save the Frogs - Ghana Bern wood Supporting Conservation Leaders National Biodiversity Network Sustainability Dashboard Frog Life The international journey of Conservation - Oryx British trust for ornithology Cool Farm Alliance UNEP AWFA Butterfly Conservation People trust for endangered species Vincet Wildlife Trust