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Rock climbing alters the vegetation of limestone cliffs in the northern Swiss Jura Mountains

Rock climbing alters the vegetation of limestone cliffs in the northern Swiss Jura Mountains

Canadian Journal of Botany 82(6): 862-870

Exposed cliffs in the northern Swiss Jura Mountains harbour a highly diverse flora with numerous endangered and relic plant species. On these cliffs, sport climbing is enjoying increasing popularity. We examined the ecological effects of sport climbing on vascular plants at the cliff base and on the cliff face by assessing plant cover and species density at various distances from frequently used climbing routes. Plant cover was significantly reduced at the base of climbing routes.

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DOI: 10.1139/b04-058

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