Thursday, 13 March 2014
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!