Ecology of roadside plant communities

Schaffers, A., 2000, Ecology of roadside plant communities, Wageningen Universiteit, Wageningen

  • Author : Schaffers, A.
  • Year : 2000
  • Publisher : Wageningen Universiteit
  • Publisher's Location : Wageningen
  • ISBN : 9058082695
  • Pages : 303
  • Abstract : FROM THE BOOK: This thesis is on roadside management in the Netherlands. People often associate road verges with narrow and rather significant stretches of vegetation. This is a misconception. The vegetation managed by road authorities is often several metres wide, at tomes much more. Given the dense network of roads in the Netherlands, the area covered by roadside habitats is considerable: almost 25 of the total land area. This area is particularly large when compared to the only 4% consisting of (semi-) natural areas. Road verges are not fertilized. Given a proper management, roadside can contribute significantly to the ecological diversity of the country
  • Comments : Roadside may very important to landscape architecture and landscape design, but this importance must be supported by management. KEYWORDS: roadside vegetation, roadsides, vegetation management, fertilizing, soil conditions, biodiversity, ecology, flora, geobotany.