Missing the target? A critical view on butterfly conservation efforts on calcareous grasslands in south-western Germany

  title={Missing the target? A critical view on butterfly conservation efforts on calcareous grasslands in south-western Germany},
  author={Katharina J. Filz and Jan O. Engler and John D. Stoffels and Matthias Weitzel and Thomas Schmitt},
  journal={Biodiversity and Conservation},
Butterflies are strongly declining on grassland habitats of Central Europe. Therefore, the success of conservation measures on high quality grassland habitats is controversially discussed. We compared the changes in butterfly diversity and community structure on six managed calcareous grasslands with eight unmanaged vineyard fallows. We obtained strong losses of species diversity and remarkable shifts of community compositions on both habitat types. However, the changes on vineyard fallows were… 
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