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2013-07-30
Wetlands Expert is Conducting Vegetation Inventory.
 
Project’s wetlands expert Agnese Priede is conducting vegetation inventory in several sample plots in the Project’s testing sites. In each testing site its current state is being carefully documented , including descriptions and number of the currently present species and an evaluation of their coverage in the monitoring plot. This documentation will allow to evaluate the effectiveness of management methods tested in these sites, as well as choose the most appropriate management methods for various circumstances.
 
Vegetation monitoring plots have already been set up in the majority of testing sites – Ķemeri National Park, Gauja National Park and Slītere National Park. Prior to the start of the main management testing activities, Agnese Priede is currently also conducting experimental management actions in order to determine what methods would be most appropriate and effective in areas with expansive species – reeds and purple moor grass.
  
 
Natura 2000 territory Dubļukrogs. This photo illustrates the situation currently present in the majority of Latvia’s alkaline fens (Natura 2000 habitat 7230 - Alkaline fens). This habitat used to be used as meadows, and was also extensively grazed. However, nowadays due to meloration and a lack of management it is overgrowing with scrubs, trees and reeds.

 
 
 
  
 

Rakšu fen at the Gauja National Park - one of the project’s management testing sites (Natura 2000 habitat – 7160 fennoscandian mineral-rich springs and springfens). In this site cutting of trees, shrubs and reeds is planned to be carried out already in 2013 and repeatedly in 2014.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
Alkaline fen by the lake Kaņieris - one of the project’s management testing sites. The overgrowing with shrubs, as well as the expansion of the purple moor grass is present in several areas of this habitat.

 
 
 
 
 
      
 

Raganu mire at the Ķemeri National Park. Overgrowing with reeds and scrubs is one of the most characteristic signs of degradation in alkaline and transition mires – caused by both draining and a lack of management.


 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Raganu purvs at the Ķemeri National Park. Due to draining high bogs are overgrowing with pines, downy birch and dwarf shrubs. Also, the coverage of sphagnum is declining.

  
 
 
 
 
 


 

Open, wet grasslands that used to be managed as meadows or were extensively grazed. However, nowadays they are mostly abandoned and are overgrowing with trees and reeds, which causes a decline in the access to the sunlight and, thus, creates a competition among the species that are more sensitive about their growing conditions.




 
 
 
 



 
 





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