Original Articles

An evaluation of veld condition assessment techniques in Highland Sourveld

DOI: 10.1080/02566702.1989.9648161
Author(s): M.B. HardyDepartment of Agriculture (Natal Region), Republic of South Africa, C.R. HurtDepartment of Agriculture (Natal Region), Republic of South Africa

Abstract

An evaluation of six methods used to index veld condition showed that the majority provided indices that were insensitive to long‐term grazing impact. However, certain species were found to either increase or decrease in relative abundance with an increase in grazing intensity. A key species method is therefore suggested to be a potentially sensitive approach for indexing veld condition in relation to grazing management in the Highland Sourveld.

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