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Journal Article

Journal Article

Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus L.) in coastal dune grasslands  [2005]

Somers, N.; Bossuyt, B.T.A.; Hoffmann, M.; Lens, L.; et al.

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We describe a field experiment for examining the impact of wild rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus L.) on the vegetation in two Flemish coastal dune grasslands. When numerous, rabbits had a major impact on the vegetation. This impact can be considered positive in the case of the studied grasslands, as evidenced by a decreasing abundance by dominant grass species and a declining species richness. The decrease of the number of rabbits, due to VHS, may hence negatively affect dune grassland species richness. Introducing large herbivores can be part of the solution for preserving the dune grasslands, and this introduction may even have positive effects on rabbit populations through feeding facilitation.

Bibliographic information

Language:
English
Type:
Journal Article
In AGRIS since:
2013
All titles:
"Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus L.) in coastal dune grasslands"@eng
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Bibliographic information

Language:
English
Type:
Journal Article
In AGRIS since:
2013
All titles:
"Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus L.) in coastal dune grasslands"@eng