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Individual study: Mechanical clearance of Scots pine Pinus sylvestris and maritime pine P.pinaster using a shear-head processor at St Leonards SSSI, Hurn, Dorset, England

Published source details

Liley D. (2005) Mechanical clearance of Scots pine Pinus sylvestris and maritime pine P.pinaster using a shear-head processor at St Leonards SSSI, Hurn, Dorset, England. Conservation Evidence, 2, 117-118

Summary

Approximately 0.5 ha of dense Scots pine Pinus sylvestris and maritime pine P.pinaster woodland was cleared using a shear-head timber processor with the objective of restoring heathland. Prior to clearance the area supported little heathland vegetation and was predominantly bare ground with some bracken Pteridium aquilinum, underneath the thick pine canopy. One year after clearance, there was deep litter layer (7-8 cm), little regeneration of heather Calluna vulgaris, and bracken was becoming dominant.