Unit 1: Threatened UK Habitats - Lowland Heathland

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  • Threatened UK Habitats - Lowland Heathland
    • Key Features
      • Naturally infertile soil meaning no intensive farming = many wildlife species remain
      • Grazing and burning prevents woodland re-establishing itself
      • Heather and thistle plants thrive
      • Animals species include sand lizard, smooth snake, nightjar and Dartford warbler
    • Creation
      • Plagioclimax habitat
    • Distribution
      • Found on sand and gravel soils
    • Threats
      • Urban expansion
      • Conifer plantations
      • Golf courses
      • Stopping the use of burning
    • Conservation Measures
      • Maintaining burning and cutting cycles
      • Controlled grazing
      • Managing public access


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