Heathland Heather Burns

Burning wildlife’s home doesn’t sound like conservation. 


I was on the Long Mynd, a hill covered by upland Heath in Shropshire, last week. 


On the hill plateau, the National Trust has been burning areas of heather for years. 

Rather than destroying the habitat, by clearing aging heather this way, the conditions are created where new growth of heather and bilberry can begin. 


By managing the heath this way, conservationists are creating a mix aged heather covering, providing a better habitat for wildlife from grouse to butterflies. 

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