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Pollen and microscopic charcoal analyses of sediment cores were used to reconstruct long-term vegetation and fire histories for seven moorland lake catchments in the UK and Ireland. In each of the seven catchments Calluna vulgaris cover has declined considerably over the last 100-150 years. Redundancy analysis was used to examine the relationship between declining Calluna cover and catchment fire histories to determine whether burning of catchment vegetation was associated with the onset of Calluna loss. The results suggest that burning may have been a significant factor contributing toward the decline in Calluna cover at two of the seven study sites, but no single causative factor could be shown to be responsible for the decline on a national scale. © 2000 Elsevier Science B.V.
Author(s): Stevenson AC, Rhodes AN
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
ISSN (print): 0031-0182
ISSN (electronic): 1872-616X
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