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The Physical Damage of Climbing Activity on Sandstone Lichen Cover

Title data

Schweizer, Anne-Maria ; Höschler, Lucas ; Steinbauer, Manuel:
The Physical Damage of Climbing Activity on Sandstone Lichen Cover.
In: Sustainability. Vol. 13 (2021) Issue 24 . - No. 13590.
ISSN 2071-1050
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/su132413590

Abstract in another language

Climbing activities affect cliff site species. With cliff sites harbouring unique species communities, the rise in popularity of outdoor climbing activities is a major threat. In this study, we assessed a previously unclimbed boulder before, during and after 500 climbing ascents. We observed an overall reduction in lichen cover by 4.2–9.5%, located around the footholds and combined foot- and handhold but not the handhold. We found the reduction in lichen cover to be strongest at the very start of the climbing treatment and to lessen over time. Therefore, management should focus on directing climbing activities to selected sites, while protecting sites with high conservation value where climbing is prohibited entirely.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Department of Sport Science > Professor Sport Ecology
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Ecology and the Environmental Sciences
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 500 Natural sciences
500 Science > 560 Fossils, prehistoric life
500 Science > 570 Life sciences, biology
500 Science > 580 Plants (Botany)
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2022 09:51
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2022 09:51
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/69133