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Rosemarie Kentie, Jos C. E. W. Hooijmeijer, Krijn B. Trimbos, Niko M. Groen and Theunis Piersma Intensified agricultural use of grasslands reduces growth and survival of precocial shorebird chicks Journal of Applied Ecology 50

Version of Record online: 2 JAN 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12028

We found striking differences between chicks hatched on modern grassland monocultures and herb-rich meadows. That chicks hatched on monocultures had lower growth and survival rates than chicks on meadows indicates that these chicks suffer a higher risk of starvation and/or predation. These findings imply that the most often applied agri-environmental schemes (i.e. payments per clutch found and postponed mowing), are not effective. Instead, these schemes could even encourage maladaptive habitat choice. Conservation efforts should thus focus on the provision of herb-rich meadows with high groundwater tables.

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