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Chalk streams and grazing mute swans.

Wood, K.A., Stillman, R. A., Daunt, F. and O'Hare, M.T., 2014. Chalk streams and grazing mute swans. British Wildlife, 25 (3), 171 - 176 .

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The evidence shows that swan grazing can reduce plant abundance, prevent flowering, reduce water depth and reduce fishery value. However, these effects seem to be limited to a small number of sites on larger chalk streams. The results of attempted management have been disappointing, and we currently have no simple effective means of preventing grazing damage. However, our understanding of the effects of swans on the chalk stream ecosystem has been growing rapidly, which gives us hope for future solutions. In particular, combining strategies which improve river condition and move swans away from sensitive areas could offer a way of managing grazing effects.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mute swans ; Chalk stream ; River Frome ; Waterfowl ; Ranunculus ; Water crowfoot ; Grazing ; Herbivory
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:21082
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:03 Mar 2014 13:22
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:48

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