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Individual study: Tree and scrub clearance from lowland heathland at Great Ovens, Dorset, England

Published source details

Liley D. (2005) Tree and scrub clearance from lowland heathland at Great Ovens, Dorset, England. Conservation Evidence, 2, 133-134

Summary

An area of about 13 ha of former open heathland in southern England was cleared of Scots pine Pinus sylvestris, maritime pine P.pinaster and birch Betula spp.; prior to management it contained 50-75% scrub and mature tree cover. Clearance was conducted using chainsaws; brash was burnt. Five years later, there was considerable evidence of pine regeneration (2,600 seedlings per ha). To maintain open heath, control of tree seedlings is required after tree clearance.