Calcareous Grassland Research

‘Managing Biodiversity in upland calcareous grassland landscapes: A case study of spiders and ground beetles’

Download the project: Lyons A., Oxbrough A. and Ashton P.* (2018) Managing biodiversity in upland calcareous grassland landscapes: a case study of spiders and ground beetles. Edge  Hill University, Lancashire, UK. Pages 1-32. ISBN: 978-1-900230-62-9’. [PDF]

This research project examined the impact of contrasting grazing management on plants, carabid beetles and spiders in upland calcareous grasslands and associated habitats in Britain. The project was funded by Edge Hill University and conducted by researchers at the same institution between 2013 and 2017.

The initial project idea was developed following discussion with Natural England site managers who highlighted a knowledge gap on the impacts of commonly used management practices.

Throughout the project a series of meetings were held between the authors and practitioners from a range of organisations involved in upland calcareous grassland management (including: Natural England, The National Trust, The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority) to ensure research was as relevant and as reflective to practice as possible.