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Lecture by Dr. Žig Zwitter: The history of species-rich meadows in the south-eastern Alps: fundamental effects of management on the frequency of plant species from the Middle Ages to the mid-20th century (in Slovenian language)

10. June, 19:30 - 21:00

Farmers have created and maintained the vast majority of grasslands in the long term. Mowing, spring threshing, fertilisation, irrigation in some places, spring grazing on meadows (until its abandonment in the second half of the 19th century) and, in the case of the meadows in the glades, arable use, have all had an important influence on the species composition. The lecture introduces the main grasses that have been promoted or suppressed by different grassland management practices. At the time in question, all the meadows were home to many species of plants and animals. When shopping for milk and dairy products, each of us can choose which meadows we support and co-create today: the remaining species-rich meadows, or those where intensive use over the last decades has led to the extinction of most plant and animal species.

About the lecturer: Žiga Zwitter studied geography and history, holds a PhD in history and a postdoctoral project at the Vienna Institute for Social Ecology. At the Department of History, University of Ljubljana, he mainly researches the history of the environment (meadows and pastures, water, forests, climate and natural disasters). He lives in Bohinj and Ljubljana. He would like to thank the Bohinj people for the many friendly conversations on meadow topics and the pleasant days spent together at Krstenica and Laz. Without you, neither the meadows discussed nor this lecture would exist!


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10. June
19:30 - 21:00
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Center TNP Bohinj
Stara Fužina 38
Bohinjsko jezero, 4265 Slovenija
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