The lowland grasslands of central and eastern Europe

Grasslands are an overlooked and poorly protected habitat even though semi-natural and managed grassland covers 10-20% of most central and eastern European countries. As agriculture intensifies, the extent of these already scattered sites and their species richness is declining. This report brings together information on the status, distribution, vulnerability and current conservation of primarily lowland grasslands in eight countries plus the western Republics of the former USSR.