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Agents of Change – Management and Succession

  • Tim R. New
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Abstract

This chapter introduces the variety of management needs and approaches for conserving grasslands and their insect faunas, and how these needs may be brought into practice. A premise for those needs is the dictum noted in the introduction to ‘Grasslands of the world’ (Suttie et al. 2005). Their comment that ‘No grassland is entirely natural’ deserves serious reflection. Changes and losses from a great variety of human interventions, including moves to improve grasslands for human use, pose a multitude of concerns and problems for conserving even the best-known biodiversity that can represent those areas. Suttie et al. also noted that ‘all discussion of grassland must be in the context of animal production’ and accompanying human livelihoods. Clearly, conservation of the many little-known and poorly documented grassland invertebrates – even of the more popular groups – gains little practical sympathy in comparison. Yen (1999), discussing invertebrates of Victorian grasslands, suggested that invertebrates only gain importance in public or political circles when they become economically important (such as herbivores gaining pest status) or are regarded as essential for survival of significant endangered vertebrates (as food).

Keywords

Butterflies Grassland loss Insect assemblages Orthoptera Spillover effects Succession Vulnerability 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tim R. New
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  1. 1.Department of Ecology, Environment & EvolutionLa Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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