Aggregative responses of brent geese on salt marsh and their impact on plant community dynamics

  title={Aggregative responses of brent geese on salt marsh and their impact on plant community dynamics},
  author={J Marcus Rowcliffe and Andrew R. Watkinson and William J. Sutherland},
The aggregative responses and habitat preferences of a generalist herbivore, the dark-bellied brent goose Branta bernicla bernicla, feeding on salt marshes are examined in relation to vegetation community characteristics and the abundances of individual plant species. In the autumn, feeding was strongly concentrated on the low marsh, which had the highest biomass of the preferred food plant, Salicornia europaea. There was a strong aggregative response of the geese to the abundance of S… CONTINUE READING


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