Biodiversity in the Balance: Mitigation and Adaptation by Pam Berry

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There may be a possible localised negative effect in unimproved grassland if feed stations are not regularly moved - excessive trampling may create bare ground areas and soil degradation which could lead to species loss (Hamza and Anderson, 2005) as well as increased pressure on remaining vegetation cover. GHG reduction measures include: a. Synchronised fertiliser applications on grassland with demand. , 1998; Haygarth, 2005). b. Use of nitrogen-fixing plants in the sward. ) reduces the need for nitrogen inputs from manure or mineral fertiliser, hence reducing NO2 emissions.

2007). , 2007). , 2006; Nienaber and Hahn, 2007). Furthermore, indirect effects through changes in pest and pathogen abundances will result in greater use of veterinary treatments for animals. Forage and pasture productivity will vary across Europe, in northern latitudes there is likely to be a slight increase in productivity but in many parts of southern Europe the opposite effect is more likely. , 2007). , 2006; Nienaber and Hahn, 2007). Other measures could include improving livestock reproductive, feed efficiency and growth rate; this could be achieved by careful breed selection , breeding programmes, choosing the best sire (AI), manipulation of offspring sex and transgenic modification (Maga, 2005; Wheeler, 2007) and multiple use (same cow - milk, meat, etc).

2002; Hamza and Anderson, 2005). , 2004). The use of these tall grasses in agricultural systems may provide benefits in terms of improving soil structure and function, which would reduce run-off and erosion risk in floods; also, they would potentially provide shade for neighbouring livestock in hot conditions (EEA, 2007). , 2008). They can also provide a more disturbance-free 52 James Paterson environment for wildlife too (Giuliano and Daves, 2002; Semere and Slater, 2007a; Semere and Slater, 2007b); however, there is still a fair amount of uncertainty as to how much wildlife would find tall grass monocultures suitable habitat.

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