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Individual study: Controlled burning of heathland vegetation at Blackhill SSSI, Dorset, England

Published source details

Liley D. (2005) Controlled burning of heathland vegetation at Blackhill SSSI, Dorset, England. Conservation Evidence, 2, 111-112

Summary

Approximately one third of a hectare of mature heather Calluna vulgaris was burnt in January 2000. Five years later, the burnt strip was revisited. It had fewer heather flowers and the sward was shorter (20-25 cm) than the surrounding vegetation (35-40 cm). Bristle bent grass Agrostis curtisii was more abundant (25% cover) than in adjacent unburned areas (5%).