Action: Reduce the frequency of prescribed burning
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- We found no studies that evaluated the effects of reducing the frequency of prescribed burning on shrublands.
'We found no studies’ means that we have not yet found any studies that have directly evaluated this action during our systematic journal and report searches. Therefore we have been unable to assess whether or not the action is effective or has any harmful impacts. Please get in touch if you know of such a study for this action.
Prescribed burning is often used in the context of game management in the UK to create a mosaic of differently aged heathland patches. These patches provide areas of shorter, succulent heather Calluna spp. on which red grouse Lagopus lagopus scotica can feed and taller, denser areas which can be used as cover (Harris et al, 2011).
Harris, M. P., Allen, K. A., McAllister, H. A., Eyre, G., Le Duc, M. G., & Marrs, R. H. (2011). Factors affecting moorland plant communities and component species in relation to prescribed burning. Journal of Applied Ecology, 48(6), 1411-1421.