Early stages of Calluna vulgaris regeneration after burning of coastal heath in central Norway
This study is summarised as evidence for the following.
Allow shrubland to regenerate without active managementAction Link
Allow shrubland to regenerate without active management
A before-and-after trial in 1999–2002 in 16 heathlands that had previously been burned in central Norway (Nilsen et al. 2005) found that allowing recovery without any active restoration increased the cover and height of common heather Calluna vulgaris. Areas that had been allowed to recover had higher cover one year after burning than immediately after burning (data presented as log units). Common heather plants were taller after one year of recovery (1.8–6.8 cm) than immediately after burning (0.2–4.2 cm). Sixteen heathland sites were burned in 1999–2001. Three 1 m2 plots were placed at each site and vegetation cover and height were monitored in 2001–2002.