Palaearctic Grasslands

ISSN 1868-2456
DOI 10.21570/EDGG.PG38

Palaearctic Grasslands (PG), formerly published under the names Bulletin of the European Dry Grassland Group (Issues 1-26) and Bulletin of the Eurasian Dry Grassland Group (Issues 27-36) is the journal of the Eurasian Dry Grassland Group (EDGG). It publishes four issues per year. Palaearctic Grasslands publishes news and announcements of EDGG, its projects, related organisations and its members. At the same time it serves as outlet for scientific articles and photo contributions. It is sent to all members of the group and together with all previous issues, it is also freely available at this page. You can also find links to book reviews and articles published in the PG separately in the links at the end of this page.

The Palaearctic Grasslands is prepared by the Chied Editor Anna Kuzemko, deputy chief editors Idoia Biurrun and Jürgen Dengler; and by the rest of the Editorial Board members who help with the management and development of Palaearctic Grasslands, but mostly have also specific tasks. Please use Editorial Board link at the end of the page to  find information about the Editorial Board.


You are invited to send your contributions to be published in the Palaearctic Grasslands. The copyright of the included texts, photographs, and other figures remains with their authors. If you wish to re-use them or parts of them, please, obtain the written consent of the authors first.

Scientific articles (Research Articles, Reviews, Forum Articles, Scientific Reports) should be submitted to Jürgen Dengler (, following the Author Guidelines published in Palaearctic Grasslands 37, 6–8. They are
subject to editorial review, with one member of the Editorial Board serving as Scientific Editor and deciding about acceptance, necessary revisions or rejection.
All other text contributions (News, Announcements, Short Contributions, Book Reviews etc) should be submitted to Anna Kuzemko ( AND Idoia Biurrun ( Please check the guideline for the format and style.
Photo contributions (photos for general illustrative purposes with captions; proposals for Photo Stories; candidate photos for the Photo Competition) should be submitted to both Photo Editors, Rocco Labadessa ( and Jalil Noroozi ( Photos of submissions have always to be delivered in two forms, embedded in the document and as separate jpg (or tiff) files sufficient resolution for printing (i.e. not less than 1 MB). Please read the introduction to photo story and photo competition sections of the Bulletin 37. 
Contributions to the sections "Recent Publications of our Members" and "Forthcoming Events" should be sent to Iwona Dembicz (

Publications in EDGG Bulletin 37

Kuzemko, Anna; Bezrodnova, Olga; Savchenko, Galyna; Ronkin, Volodymyr; Valiuk, Viktoria; Tsymbaliuk, Valentyna. 2018. Syntaxonomy and scale-dependent species diversity of plant communities on chalk outcrops in the Kharkiv region (Ukraine). Palaeartic grasslands 37: 14-25.[pdf]

Dengler, Jürgen; Becker, Thomas; Heinken, Thilo; Kurzböck, Claudia Maria; Pätsch, Ricarda. 2018. News from GrassVeg.DE, the German grassland vegetation database. Palaeartic grasslands 37: 26-29.[pdf]

Dengler, Jürgen. 2018. Impressions from the nature reserve “Hochwiesen-Pfullinger Berg” (SW Germany). Palaeartic grasslands 37: 30-31.[pdf]

Török, Péter. 2018. Book review: Rūsiņa S. (Ed.). 2017. Protected habitat management guidelines for Latvia, Volume 3, Semi-natural grasslands. Nature Conservation Agency, Sigulda, 456 pp. Palaeartic grasslands 37: 38.[pdf]

Sonkoly, Judit. 2018. Book review: Allison, S. K. and Murphy, S. D. 2017. Routledge Handbook of Ecological and Environmental Restoration. 604 pp., Routledge, Oxon, U.K.  Palaeartic grasslands 37: 39-40.[pdf]

Publications in EDGG Bulletin 36

Burrascano, Sabina;  Ciaschetti, Giampiero;  Giarrizzo, Eleonora;  Carli, Emanuela;  Del Vico, Eva;  Facioni, Laura;   Vrahnakis, Michael;  Ambarlı, Didem. 2018. EGC 2018. 15th Eurasian Grassland Conference 4-8 June 2018, Sulmona (Italy): COOPERATING FOR GRASSLAND CONSERVATION. Second Call. EDGG Bulletin 36: 4-11. [pdf]

Magnes, Martin; Mayrhofer, Helmut; Kirschner, Philipp; Stöhr, Oliver; Schwager, Patrick; Dengler, Jürgen; Biurrun, Idoia. 2018. Invitation and guide to the 11th EDGG Field Workshop GRASSLANDS OF INNERALPINE DRY VALLEYS: part 1, Eastern Alps Austria, 6–13 July 2018. EDGG Bulletin 36: 12-24. [pdf]

Filibeck, Goffredo; Cancellieri, Laura; Sperandii, Marta; Belonovskaya, Elena; Sobolev¸ Nikolay; Tsarevskaya, Nadezda; Becker, Thomas; Berastegi, Asun; Bückle, Cristoph; Che, Rongxiao; Conti, Fabio; Dembicz, Iwona; Fantinato, Edy; Frank, Dieter; Frattaroli, Anna Rita; Garcia-Mijangos, Itziar; Guglielmino, Adalgisa; Janišová, Monika; Maestri, Samuele; Magnes, Martin; Rosati, Leonardo; Vynokurov, Denis; Dengler, Jürgen; Biurrun, Idoia. 2018. Biodiversity patterns of dry grasslands in the Central Apennines (Italy) along a precipitation gradient: experiences from the 10th EDGG Field Workshop. EDGG Bulletin 36: 25-41.[pdf]

Mora, A., Bueno, Á.2018. Going backwards to look to the future: Traditional hay meadow management modernization for cost effectiveness and nature conservation Project Interreg SUDOE SOS Praderas tries new approaches towards hay meadow conservation. EDGG Bulletin 36:  42-44. [pdf]

Publications in EDGG Bulletin 35

Burrascano, S. 2017. First call for the 15th Eurasian Grassland Conference (2018). EDGG Bulletin 35: 5-8. [pdf]

Magnes, M. 2017. First call for the 11th EDGG Field Workshop (2018). EDGG Bulletin 35: 9-10. [pdf]

Rusina, S. 2017. Report from the 14th Eurasian Grassland Conference (2017). EDGG Bulletin 35: 11-17. [pdf]

Publications in EDGG Bulletin 34

Rusina, S. 2017. Third call for Eurasian Grassland Conference 2017. EDGG Bulletin 34: 4-13. [pdf]

Janisova, M., Dengler, J., Vassilev, K. et al. 2017. Invitation to contribute to the vegetation-plot databases of EDGG. EDGG Bulletin 34: 14-18. [pdf]

Report: Aćić, S., Dengler, J., Biurrun, I. et al. 2017. Biodiversity patterns of dry grasslands at the meeting point of Central Europe and the Balkans: Impressions and first results from the 9th EDGG Field Workshop in Serbia. EDGG Bulletin 34: 19-31 [pdf]

Forum paper: Tokarsky, V. and Tokarskaya, N. 2017. Review of current state, threats and necessity of conservation of the original flora and fauna of East Ukraine steppes. EDGG Bulletin 34: 32-37. [pdf]

Forum paper: Vasyliuk, O. 2017. Chronicles of the protection of Tarutyns’kyj Steppe. EDGG Bulletin 34: 38-41. [pdf]

Book Review by Anna kuzemko: Fayvush, G.M. & Aleksanyan, A.S. 2016. Habitats of Armenia. EDGG Bulletin 34:44-45. [pdf]

Publications in EDGG Bulletin 33

Book Review by Anna kuzemko: Clayton, S., Myers, G. 2015. Conservation Psychology: Understanding and Promoting Human Care for Nature.[pdf]

Book Review by Peterk Török: Heard, S.B. 2016. The Scientist’s Guide to Writing: How to Write More Easily and Effectively throughout Your Scientific Career.[pdf]

Review by Idoia Biurrun: Mucina, L., Bültmann, H., Dierßen, K., et al. 2016. Vegetation of Europe: Hierarchical floristic classification system of vascular plant, bryophyte, lichen, and algal communities. Applied Vegetation Science 19, Supplement 1: 1‐264.[pdf]

Short contribution: Dengler, J. And Biuruun, I. 2017. Phytodiversity of Palaearctic grasslands: call for standardised data. EDGG Bulletin 33: 24.[pdf]

Forum paper: Vasyliuk , O., Shyriaieva, D., Kolomytsev, G. & Spinova, J. 2017. Steppe protected areas on the territory of Ukraine in the context of the armed conflict in the Donbas region and Russian annexation of the Crimean Peninsula. EDGG Bulletin 33: 15-23.[pdf]

Announcement: Filibeck, G., Cancellieri, L., Sperandii, M.G., Dengler, J., Biurrun, I. 2017. Invitation to the 10th EDGG Field Workshop “Biodiversity patterns across a precipitation gradient in the Central Apennine mountains” Italy, 3-11 June 2016. EDGG Bulletin 33: 3-12. [pdf]

Research paper: Dengler, J., Boch, S., Filibeck, G., Chiarucci, A., Dembicz, I., Guarino, R., Henneberg, B., Janišová, M., Marcenò, C., Naqinezhad, A., Polchaninova, N., Vassilev, K. & Biurrun, I. 2017. Assessing plant diversity and composition in grasslands across spatial scales: the standardised EDGG sampling methodology. EDGG Bulletin 33: 13-30. [pdf]

Research paper: Dengler, J., Biurrun, I., Apostolova, I., Baumann, E., Becker, T., Berastegi, A., Boch, S., Cancellieri, L., Dembicz, I., Didukh, Y.P., Dolnik, C., Ermakov, N., Filibeck, G., Garcia-Mijangos, I., Giusso del Galdo, G., Guarino, R., Janišová, M., Jaunatre, R., Jensen, K.,  Jeschke, M., Kącki, Z.,  Kozub, Ł., Kuzemko, A.A., Löbel, S., Pedashenko, H., Polyakova, M., Ruprecht, E., Szabó, A., Vassilev, K., Velev, N.,  Weiser, F. 2017. Scale-dependent plant diversity in Palaearctic grasslands: a comparative overview. EDGG Bulletin 33: 12-26. [pdf]

Publications in EDGG Bulletin 21

Valko, O., Torok, P., Deak, B., Tothmeresz, B. (2013): Keep your eyes on the fire: Prescribed burning as an old - new opportunity for grassland management. – Bull. Eur. Dry Grassl. Group 21: 29–32, Hamburg. [pdf]

Guarino, R. (2013): Absolute zapovednost' as an ethical model. – Bull. Eur. Dry Grassl. Group 21: 33–35.  [pdf]

Publications in EDGG Bulletin 17

Darbayeva, T.E., Ramazanova, N.Y. (2012): Chalk hills of northwest Kazakhstan as biodiversity refugia. – Bull. Eur. Dry Grassl. Group 17: 15–18, Hamburg. [pdf]

Kuzemko, A., Pedashenko, H. (2012): EDGG Fellowships 2012 - the first two fellows report. – Bull. Eur. Dry Grassl. Group 17: 19–22, Hamburg. [pdf]

Publications in EDGG Bulletin 15

Guarino, R., Becker, T., Dembicz, I., Dolnik, C., Kacki, Z., Kozub, L, Rejzek, M., Dengler, J. (2012): Impressions from the 4th EDGG Research Expedition to Sicily: community composition and diversity of Mediterranean grasslands. – Bull. Eur. Dry Grassl. Group 15: 12–22. [pdf]

Publications in EDGG Bulletin 14

Sutcliffe, L., Page, N. (2012): STIPA: Saving Transylvania's Important Pastoral Agro-Ecosystems. – Bull. Eur. Dry Grassl. Group 14: 11–12, Hamburg. [pdf]

Vrahnakis, M., Fotiadis, G., Kazoglou, Y. (2012): Skyros: a very "dry grassland" Greek island. – Bull. Eur. Dry Grassl. Group 14: 9–10, Hamburg. [pdf]

Publications in EDGG Bulletin 13

Guarino, R. (2011): Green landscapes of Sicily. – Bull. Eur. Dry Grassl. Group 13: 21–25.

Publications in EDGG Bulletin 11

Rodrigo, S. &  Olea, L. (2011): The DEHESA - a singular ecosystem. – Bull. Eur. Dry Grassl. Group 11: 25-28, Hamburg. [pdf]

Publications in EDGG Bulletin 10

Vrahnakis, M. (2011): The donkey – a friend of grassland resources that patiently faces … extinction. – Bull. Eur. Dry Grassl. Group 10: 14–16, Hamburg. [pdf]

Publications in EDGG Bulletin 9

Burrascano, S.,  Caccianiga, M.,  Gigante, D. (2010): Dry grassland habitat types in Italy. – Bull. Eur. Dry Grassl. Group 9: 3–10, Hamburg. [pdf]

Publications in EDGG Bulletin 8

Vrahnakis, M., Papadatou, E., Kazoglou, Y. , Germanos, A. (2010): Grass-lands as bat-lands: evidence from Mount Varnous, Greece. – Bull. Eur. Dry Grassl. Group 8: 7–9, Hamburg. [pdf]

Publications in EDGG Bulletin 7

Uğurlu, E.(2010): Dry grassland profile of Turkey. – Bull. Eur. Dry Grassl. Group 7: 18–22, Hamburg. [pdf]

Publications in EDGG Bulletin 6

Moysiyenko,KI.,I.,  Sudnik-Wójcikowska, B. (2010): Kurgans of Ukraine as a refuge of steppe flora. – Bull. Eur. Dry Grassl. Group 6: 9–13, Hamburg. [pdf]

Vrahnakis,M. (2010): Dry grassland habitat types of Greece. – Bull. Eur. Dry Grassl. Group 6: 17–22, Hamburg. [pdf]

Vrahnakis, M. (2010): Mediterranean Type Ecosystems (MTEs): a brief introduction. – Bull. Eur. Dry Grassl. Group 6: 14–16, Hamburg. [pdf]

Publications in EDGG Bulletin 4

Dengler,J.Ruprecht, E., Szabó, A., Turtureanu, D., Beldean, M., Uğurlu, E., Pedashenko, H., Dolnik, Ch., Jones, A. (2009): Transylvania. EDGG cooperation on syntaxonomy and biodiversity of Festuco-Brometea communities in Transylvania (Romania): report and preliminary results – Bull. Eur. Dry Grassl. Group 4: 13–19, Hamburg. [pdf]

Publications in EDGG Bulletin 3

Hegedüšová,K.(2009): Devínska Kobyla and Sandberg – National Nature Reserve (Slovak Republic). – Bull. Eur. Dry Grassl. Group 3: 20–22, Hamburg. [pdf]

Uğurlu, E.,Secmen, O. (2009): Kula Vulcao (Turkey). – Bull. Eur. Dry Grassl. Group 3: 23–25, Hamburg. [pdf]

Yamalov, S.M., Bayanov, A., Muldshev, A. (2009): The diversity of steppe communities of South Ural (Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia). – Bull. Eur. Dry Grassl. Group 3: 14–19, Hamburg. [pdf]

Publications in EDGG Bulletin 2

Isermann, M.(2009): Expansion of Rosa rugosa in Coastal Dunes. – Bull. Eur. Dry Grassl. Group 2: 14–15, Hamburg. [pdf]

Rūsiņa, S. (2009): Current Status of Dry Grassland Vegetation Research in Latvia. – Bull. Eur. Dry Grassl. Group 2: 9–13, Hamburg. [pdf]

Publications in EDGG Bulletin 1

Rūsiņa, S.(2008): History of dry grassland research in Latvia. – Bull. Eur. Dry Grassl. Group 1: 16–21, Hamburg. [pdf]

Škodová, I.,Hegedüšová (2008): Vrchná hora. – Bull. Eur. Dry Grassl. Group 1: 14–15, Hamburg. [pdf]

In each bulletin, we present reviews of books that may be of interest of our members. Please use link below to see the list of book reviews and read reviews. 

Book reviews

Anna Kuzemko, Ukraine
Idoia Biurrun, Spain
Jürgen Dengler, Switzerland
Dolores Byrne, Ireland
Iwona Dembicz, Poland
Edy Fantinato, Italy
Magdalena Firganek-Fulcher, UK
Paul Goriup, UK
Riccardo Guarino, Italy
Gwyn Jones, UK
Rocco Labadessa, Italy
Ashley Lyons, UK
Jim Martin, Ireland
James Moran, Ireland
Jalil Noroozi, Iran
Arkadiusz Nowak, Poland
Salza Palpurina, Bulgaria
Nina Polchaninova, Ukraine
Solvita Rūsiņa, Latvia
Stuart Smith, UK
Laura Sutcliffe, Germany
Péter Török, Hungary
Atushi Ushimaru, Japan
Orsolya Valkó, Hungary
Stephen Venn, Finland