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Large-scale Livestock Grazing

A Management Tool for Nature Conservation

  • Harald Plachter
  • Ulrich Hampicke

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Ulrich Hampicke, Harald Plachter
    Pages 3-25
  3. A. Bontjer, M. Conradi†, S. Kostrzewa, H. Plachter, R. Satzger
    Pages 43-62
  4. Manuel Conradi†
    Pages 65-108
  5. Henning Elligsen, Harald Plachter, Rolf Satzger
    Pages 111-154
  6. Almut Popp
    Pages 157-269
  7. Michael Hauck, Christian Stark
    Pages 273-346
  8. Michael Rühs, Ulrich Hampicke
    Pages 349-438
  9. Harald Plachter, Ulrich Hampicke
    Pages 441-461
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 463-478

About this book


One of the main objectives of nature conservation in Europe is to protect valuable cultural landscapes characterized by a mixture of open habitats and hedges, trees and patchy woodland (semi-open landscapes).The development of these landscapes during the past decades has been characterized by an ongoing intensification of land use on the one hand, and an increasing number of former meadows and pastures becoming fallow as a result of changing economic conditions on the other hand. Since species adapted to open and semi-open landscapes contribute to biodiversity in Europe in a major way, this development is of great concern to nature conservation. In several countries largescale, nature-adapted pastoral systems have been recognized as one solution to this problem. These systems could offer an alternative to industrial livestock raising and keep a high biodiversity on the landscape level. Against the background of livestock diseases such as BSE and Foot and Mouth Disease and the efforts to reform the Common Agricultural Policy in the EU by changing the criteria for agricultural subsidies, these concepts gain particular significance.They could also represent an alternative to the established, costly habitat management tools.


Conservation European Union (EU) Habitat Intensification of Land use Nature Conservation Nature-adapted Pastoral Systems Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) Semi-open Landscapes biodiversity development

Editors and affiliations

  • Harald Plachter
    • 1
  • Ulrich Hampicke
    • 2
  1. 1.FB BiologieUniversität MarburgMarburgGermany
  2. 2.Recht-,Staatswiss. FakultätUniv. GreifswaldGreifswaldGermany

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