Disturbance regimes in remnants of natural vegetation

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Fragmentation of the natural vegetation leads to alterations to the disturbance regime which may alter the long-term functioning of communities. Alterations include changes in frequency, timing and intensity of fires or changes in grazing pressures. Additional disturbance may arise from new transfers of nutrients, water and biota (including non-native plant and animal species) across boundaries formed between natural vegetation and adjacent agricultural land. Conservation must involve the maintenance of natural community and ecosystem processes, as far as is possible in the fragmented landscape.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-240
Number of pages8
JournalNature Conservation: The Role of Remnants of Native Vegetation
Publication statusPublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes


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