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Ecology of drystone walls


Dry stone walls are structures that provide habitats for many animals and plants.  As man-made objects of the cultural landscape, which at the same time provide habitats for many endangered species, dry stone walls play an important role in the conservation of biodiversity. As linear landscape elements, they make an important contribution to ecological connectivity. The benefits of dry stone walls for biodiversity are particularly high when they interact with other landscape elements that are important for biodiversity (hedges, rough pastures, water bodies). When restoring dry stone walls, special attention should be paid to the conservation of other landscape elements.