Unit 1: Traditional Land Uses Creating Semi-Natural Habitats

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  • Traditional Land Uses that have Created Semi-Natural Habitats
    • Farming
      • Grazing
        • Prevents taller plants from shading and out-competing wildflowers
      • Field Boundary Maintenance
        • Hedges act as biological corridors for dormice
        • Hawthorn berries provide food for migrating birds e.g. redwings
    • Hunting and Fishing
      • Maintenance of forest cover
        • Provides habitats for mammals
        • Provides nest sites for birds
        • Provides dead wood for woodpeckers
      • Moorland burning
        • Provide habitats for other species e.g. hen harriers, silver-studded butterfly catterpillars
      • Fishing
        • Maintained and protected rivers and lakes used by water voles, otters and kingfishers e.g. River Test - Hampshire
        • New habitats created due to popularity of fishing
    • Woodland Management
      • Coppicing
        • Cutting trees to ground level on rotation produces a mixed habitat valuable to butterflies, insects and dormice
      • Pollarding
        • Cutting trees to 6ft protects new growth from grazing livestock and deer


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