This paper is based on research currently being carried out by Pia Laegdsgaard from Department of Land and Water Conservation, Centre for Natural Resources, PO Box 2185, Dangar, NSW 2309, Australia. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The project is part of ecological investigations conducted by the DLWC to collect information to aid management of coastal ecosystems.
Recovery of small denuded patches of the dominant NSW coastal saltmarsh species (Sporobolus virginicus and Sarcocornia quinqueflora) and implications for restoration using donor sites
Version of Record online: 18 SEP 2008
Ecological Management & Restoration
Volume 3, Issue 3, pages 200–204, December 2002
How to Cite
Laegdsgaard, P. (2002), Recovery of small denuded patches of the dominant NSW coastal saltmarsh species (Sporobolus virginicus and Sarcocornia quinqueflora) and implications for restoration using donor sites. Ecological Management & Restoration, 3: 200–204. doi: 10.1046/j.1442-8903.2002.00113.x
- Issue online: 18 SEP 2008
- Version of Record online: 18 SEP 2008
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Summary Efforts to restore coastal saltmarsh habitats through transplantation of saltmarsh species from donor sites are becoming more frequent. As sections removed are generally small there is little information on the ability of these areas to recover naturally after removal. The present study provides an understanding of the potential of dominant saltmarsh species in NSW (Saltcouch, Sporobolus virginicus and Samphire, Sarcocornia quinqueflora) to regenerate naturally after such small-scale removal (25 cm × 25 cm plots) at separate sites for each species. The increase in percentage cover of vegetation within the denuded plots was measured over 21 months along a gradient within the marsh (between the mangrove and terrestrial boundaries) and then compared to non-denuded plots. Recovery of Saltcouch was slow with an estimate of 5–6 years to reach the surrounding cover levels. Similarly, recovery of Samphire on upper levels of the shore is estimated at 4–5.5 years. On the lower level on the shore, however, Samphire had reached a cover that was within the range of the surrounding vegetation by the end of the 21-month study period.