FA15 Management of traditional rural biotopes

Traditional rural biotopes are open or semi-open habitats that have been created by traditional animal husbandry practices such as mowing or grazing.Through a continuous removal of a major share of their primary production chraracteristic species assemblages have developd into traditional rural biotopes. Often these assemblages are very diverse.Traditional rural biotopes can be divided into several habitat types based on soil type, moisture conditions and tree cover.

The management of traditional rural biotopes includes mainly grazing by livestock as well as mowing and collecting of hay. The removal of trees and bushes may also be necessary when old pastures are brought back within management.

A) Special contracts made within the agri-environmental support
scheme for the management of traditional rural biotopes

 
Area covered by contracts (ha)
Number of participants
1995
2 347
309
1996
7 192
1 039
1997
12 283
1 742
1998
16 561
2 256
1999
16 581
2 260
2000
20 814
2 589
2001
21 019
2 422
2002
21 987
2 454
2003
22 345
2 503
2004
24 500
2 389
2005
24 800
2 441
2006
24 400
2 348
2007
21 666
2 257
2008
22 415
2 336
2009
23 261
2 361
2010
23 164
2 271

 B) Area of traditional rural biotopes managed on state land

 
Managed area (ha)
2004
1 343
2005
1 371
2006
1 544
2007
1 766
2008
2 446
2009
2 583
2010
2 700
 N.B. Prior to 2007 the figures are not exact.

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