Individual study: Clearance of Scots pine Pinus sylvestris to restore heathland at Hurn, Dorset, England
Liley D. (2005) Clearance of Scots pine Pinus sylvestris to restore heathland at Hurn, Dorset, England. Conservation Evidence, 2, 119-119
In January 2002, with the aim being to reinstate heathland vegetation, an area of 0.75 ha was cleared of Scots pine Pinus sylvestris and some maritime pine P.pinaster trees. Prior to clearance the area supported little heathland vegetation, predominantly comprising bare ground with some bracken Pteridium aquilinum. Three and a half years after clearance, the area supported a range of common generalist, non-heathland plant species, and was being invaded by silver birch Betula pendula saplings.