Guidance note: The effects of supplementary feeding on species-rich grasslands

Supplementary feeding of livestock on species-rich grassland is usually damaging and should normally be avoided.

Impacts of supplementary feeding on vegetation may include:

  • poaching/sward damage
  • nutrient enrichment
  • localised overgrazing and undergrazing
  • soil compaction
  • contamination by invasive plants

This guidance note outlines ways to avoid the need for supplementary feeding, and how to minimise damaging effects where its use is unavoidable.

Published: 2016
Pages: 14

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