Our newest cowl picture, taken by Marcus Meißner reveals a crimson deer stag amidst an space of widespread broom the Grafenwöhr army coaching space (GTA), Germany. Moreover disturbances attributable to army coaching actions and mechanical land administration, grazing by wild crimson deer contributes to sustaining open habitats on GTA.

Friederike Riesch, lead creator of the corresponding article, Grazing by wild crimson deer: Administration choices for the conservation of semi‐pure open habitats, tells us extra concerning the story behind the picture.

The image reveals a crimson deer (Cervus elaphus) stag in early autumn amidst an space of widespread broom (Cytisus scoparius) within the army coaching space Grafenwöhr (GTA), Germany. Multiple third of GTA consists of open landscapes together with many alternative habitat varieties. Massive components of the army coaching space are unmanaged. These areas, lined by vegetation in several successional phases, are solely affected by disturbances from army coaching actions (resembling fireplace or floor scarification) and crimson deer grazing.

Areas dominated by widespread broom are primarily situated within the centre of GTA, the place fires are frequent. When the shrubs attain a sure top, they grow to be a pretty habitat for crimson deer, offering meals and shelter outdoors of forest areas. Scattered remnants of army coaching in these areas inform of the greater than 100 years of army land use in GTA.

Grazing by wild crimson deer: Administration choices for the conservation of semi‐pure open habitats can be the Editor’s Alternative article for problem 56:6. Discover out extra about it right here.

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