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Individual study: Cutting of lowland heathland using a double-chop forage harvester at Trigon, Dorset, England

Published source details

Liley D. (2005) Cutting of lowland heathland using a double-chop forage harvester at Trigon, Dorset, England. Conservation Evidence, 2, 113-114

Summary

A forage harvester was used to cut swathes of heathland vegetation at a site in southern England to increase habitat heterogeneity. Areas selected were predominantly dry heath or on the margins of humid heath and were cut to ground level. Six years later the cut areas were still clearly visible. In a humid heath area purple moor-grass Molinia caerulea had been greatly reduced, heather Calluna vulgaris had increased slightly, and open patches of bare ground (important for early successional plants) were present. On dry heath, heather cover was reduced substantially but the shorter and more open sward had allowed lichen communities to develop.