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Individual study: Gorse Ulex europaeus coppicing at Blackhill, Dorset, England

Published source details

Liley D. (2005) Gorse Ulex europaeus coppicing at Blackhill, Dorset, England. Conservation Evidence, 2, 115-116

Summary

On a heathland in southern England, mature gorse Ulex europaeus was coppiced and the area fenced to prevent rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus browsing in an attempt to create a varied gorse age structure. Twelve years later little gorse had regrown from the cut stumps and the cleared area had been invaded by bracken Pteridium aquilinum.