Assessing Biodiversity in Railway Dry Grassland Patches

Magnus Stenmark, Ecocom
Cecilia Rätz, Ecocom
Topic Area
Transportation Ecology in Construction, Operations and Maintenance

Among the Swedish 1,400 railway stations, a majority has been surveyed for biodiversity potential. The results include a list of more than 2,000 species of insects and vascular plants having their habitat in these dry grasslands. About 100 of these are nationally red-listed species, mainly of bees, beetles, butterflies and vascular plants. The survey has also included a method identifying and ranking sites based on nature conservation values. High-ranked railway grasslands are subject to specific biodiversity action plants.

Abstract Keywords
Dry Grasslands
Transport Infrastructure
Action Plans