Conservation Biology

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MSc project

Over the last century, biodiversity has been decreasing in farmland, especially in grasslands. Since a few decades, the restoration of extensively managed meadows by seed addition has been implemented as a biodiversity enhancing method. Whereas it has been shown to be beneficial for the vegetation, only little is known about its impacts on the ground-dwelling fauna. Indeed, this technique gives the best results when the soil is tilled beforehand, what might affect the soil arthropods. During my MSc thesis, I will study the effects of a soil disturbance (harrowing and ploughing) on the ground beetles community, using pitfall data collected in 2018 and 2020. This research is part of the wider lowland grassland project, see here.