Effect on habitat diversity of organic conversion within the Less Favoured Areas of England and Wales

M. D. Fraser, J. E. Vale, L. G. Firbank

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Abstract

The extent to which conversion to organic farming influenced habitat diversity within Less Favoured Areas (LFAs) was determined. Similar numbers of conventional (not converted) (n=16), recent converts (<5 years; n=13) and long-standing converts (>5 years; n=16) were surveyed. Each holding was characterised in terms of habitat classes using a rapid ground survey. Conversion to organic farming had little effect on overall habitat diversity. This could be linked to the physical challenges of farming in LFAs limiting management options. The results highlight the need for a separate evidence base for the development of policies relating to farming and biodiversity in marginal areas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-261
Number of pages18
JournalAgroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 02 Dec 2013

Keywords

  • conservation
  • upland
  • priority habitat
  • species diversity
  • organic farming

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