oa Botswana Notes & Records - Field Abandonment and Secondary Succession: Implications on the Quality of Grazing in Kweneng-North, Botswana

Volume 38 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0525-5090



A conflict of land uses has become a common phenomenon as both arable and agricultural pastoralists seek a place on which to expand. At the same time as these conflicts occur, arable fields are constantly being abandoned, turning the fields back to become grazing land. The purpose of this study was aimed at ascertaining whether there was any change in the quality (species composition) of grazing on some old fields that have since seen their natural vegetation regenerate. Results show very little variation in plant (herbaceous) distribution and change in species distribution between the old fields and undisturbed areas. There is only a slight difference in herbaceous cover, meaning that the pattern of regeneration between fallow and undisturbed areas is very similar.

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