Movement between habitats (FUNctional connectivity) is key for many species to survive. Plants cannot move by themselves however, and rely on wind and human or animal activity to transfer seeds and pollen from place to place. Changes in land use have reduced functional connectivity for many species. This puts them at risk in intensive agricultural landscapes.
Focusing on species rich semi-natural grasslands, FUNgreen will study the way that functional connectivity for plants can be increased by managing the layout of habitats within the landscape (green infrastructure) and through the presence of management measures like grazing livestock.
This will enable land managers and conservation agencies to design policies to help maintain a high diversity of plant species.
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Things have been busy over the last few months, with field work for all four work packages carried out across three countries. Our main priorities for 2017 were to complete the genetic sampling and begin the plant species inventories of focal grasslands...