Thursday, 13 March 2014

Heather Burning

The rain has finally gone, allowing rangers and volunteers to do some effective heather burning! Burning the heather allows it to regenerate and regrow better, creating a better habitat for red grouse and other ground nesting birds.

The area on the right is freshly burnt heather. The aim is to create a mosaic of habitats, as the greater variety of habitats attracts a greater number of species.

The fire burns right to the soil, which removes all competition for the new heather shoots when they germinate.

They were burning on Stiperstones as well!

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