Randu meadows - Latvia

Basic Information
Site Name
Randu meadows
Short name
Randu meadows
Country
Latvia
Site Manager
Site Description
Botanical reserve “Randu meadows” is situated on the northern coast of the Riga Gulf. The botanical reserve is a part of the North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve. It represents about 200 ha of unique coastal meadows with high habitat and species diversity. There were recorded 531 plant species, 42 are rare and protected in Latvia, 2 species are on the EU Biotope Directive 92/43/EEC list. Man has participated in the development of these littoral meadows for hundreds of years, by cattle grazing and hay harvesting. Recently, the intensity of grazing and mowing have sharply decreased, and the meadows are gradually overgrowing by reeds and shrubs. Wild cattle herd was introduced for some time in part of the grassland area in order to prevent overgrowth of meadows.
Last modified
2020-06-29 10:06:55
General Characteristics, Purpose, History
Site Status
Operational
Year Established
1996
Purpose
Investigation of long-term changes in coastal meadow plant communities: natural succession, effects of management practice (mowing, spring burning, introduction of wild cows). Investigation of grass-dwelling arthropod communities as an indicator of the state of coastal meadow ecosystems.
History
The Randu Meadows are under special nature protection since 1962. In 1997 in was included in the North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve. At present it has status of NATURA 2000 sites. Long-term studies were started in 1996.
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Geographic
Size
192.00ha
Elevation (average)
1.00msl
Elevation (min)
0.00msl
Elevation (max)
2.00msl
Affiliation and Network Specific Information
Affiliation
ILTERThis site is a verified "ILTER" member.
LTER EuropeThis site is a verified "LTER Europe" member.
LTER Latvia (LTER_EU_LV_003)This site is a verified "LTER Latvia" member.
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