Outer Hebrides Biological Recording

Dé tha cearr air a’mhachaire? Biodiversity issues for Scottish machair: an initial appraisal

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Authors:

Angus, S

Source:

Glasgow Naturalist, Volume 25, Issue Supplement: Machair Conservation: Successes and Challenges, p.53-62 (2009)

URL:

https://www.glasgownaturalhistory.org.uk/machair/de_tha_cearr.pdf

Keywords:

Machair

Abstract:

<p><span style="left: 94.4px; top: 382.8px; font-size: 16.6px; font-family: serif; transform: scaleX(0.978381);">Machair is a complex habitat and also a complex of </span><span style="left: 94.4px; top: 401.8px; font-size: 16.6px; font-family: serif; transform: scaleX(1.03591);">habitats. The results of the first cycle of Scottis</span><span style="left: 457.6px; top: 401.8px; font-size: 16.6px; font-family: serif; transform: scaleX(0.674697);">h </span><span style="left: 94.4px; top: 421px; font-size: 16.6px; font-family: serif; transform: scaleX(0.997361);">Natural Heritage’s Site Condition Monitoring are </span><span style="left: 94.4px; top: 440.2px; font-size: 16.6px; font-family: serif; transform: scaleX(0.975755);">presented and reviewed. Issues relating to the </span><span style="left: 94.4px; top: 459.4px; font-size: 16.6px; font-family: serif; transform: scaleX(0.980309);">cultivated machair plain and its associated fallows</span><span style="left: 446px; top: 459.4px; font-size: 16.6px; font-family: serif; transform: scaleX(0.788435);"> in </span><span style="left: 94.4px; top: 478.6px; font-size: 16.6px; font-family: serif; transform: scaleX(0.967999);">the islands of the Uists are addressed in more deta</span><span style="left: 452.4px; top: 478.6px; font-size: 16.6px; font-family: serif; transform: scaleX(0.775665);">il. </span><span style="left: 94.4px; top: 497.6px; font-size: 16.6px; font-family: serif; transform: scaleX(0.991592);">There, socio-economic changes have led to land use </span><span style="left: 94.4px; top: 516.8px; font-size: 16.6px; font-family: serif; transform: scaleX(0.981901);">changes that have resulted in variable losses of cr</span><span style="left: 449.4px; top: 516.8px; font-size: 16.6px; font-family: serif; transform: scaleX(0.799998);">op </span><span style="left: 94.4px; top: 536px; font-size: 16.6px; font-family: serif; transform: scaleX(0.970714);">and fallow plant diversity. The problems of assessi</span><span style="left: 449.4px; top: 536px; font-size: 16.6px; font-family: serif; transform: scaleX(0.799998);">ng </span><span style="left: 94.4px; top: 555.2px; font-size: 16.6px; font-family: serif; transform: scaleX(0.975189);">this loss and the relevance of the loss are discuss</span><span style="left: 446px; top: 555.2px; font-size: 16.6px; font-family: serif; transform: scaleX(0.834491);">ed, </span><span style="left: 94.4px; top: 574.4px; font-size: 16.6px; font-family: serif; transform: scaleX(0.965559);">and possible causes reviewed, but it is clear that </span><span style="left: 94.4px; top: 593.6px; font-size: 16.6px; font-family: serif; transform: scaleX(0.964504);">scientists require more detailed, long-term informa</span><span style="left: 439.999px; top: 593.6px; font-size: 16.6px; font-family: serif; transform: scaleX(0.867147);">tion </span><span style="left: 94.4px; top: 612.6px; font-size: 16.6px; font-family: serif; transform: scaleX(0.954049);">on land use and its implications, in close consulta</span><span style="left: 439.799px; top: 612.6px; font-size: 16.6px; font-family: serif; transform: scaleX(0.873817);">tion </span><span style="left: 94.4px; top: 631.8px; font-size: 16.6px; font-family: serif; transform: scaleX(0.980712);">with land managers, if this issue is to be effectiv</span><span style="left: 445.399px; top: 631.8px; font-size: 16.6px; font-family: serif; transform: scaleX(0.84311);">ely </span><span style="left: 94.4px; top: 651px; font-size: 16.6px; font-family: serif; transform: scaleX(1.02123);">addressed. Isolated ‘snapshot’ analyses may deliver</span><span style="left: 94.4px; top: 670.2px; font-size: 16.6px; font-family: serif; transform: scaleX(1.00263);">misleading conclusions</span></p>

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