Management of UK Lowland Heathland Habitats
Given the pressures and threat to lowland heathland
habitats, it is often necessary to undertake some form of
management to improve or maintain their condition. There are a
number of sources of information to guide such action, examples of
which are outlined below.
Management guidance and best practice
Habitat management search engine
JNCC has developed a customised search engine, Habitat Management on the Web, which is
designed to direct users to information about how to manage UK
terrestrial and freshwater habitats for biodiversity
Annex I management models
The European Commission has published
Management Models for Annex I Habitats, including some
heathland examples. Each document includes information on the
distribution, ecological requirements of the habitat, main trends
and threats. Relevant management actions and prescriptions are
described in detail. Main constraints, risks and modifiers of the
proposed management have been also included. Finally, relevant
parameters for cost estimates, cost estimate examples and potential
sources of EU financing are illustrated.
Guidance on heathland burning management
Where heathland is managed by burning, it is
important to observe the codes of practice produced by each
country. These include: the
English Heather and Grass Burning Code; the
Welsh Heather and Grass Burning Code; and the Scottish
Muirburn Code and Muirburn
Guide to Best Practice.
Lowland heathland management for
Buglife has produced guidance for the
management of UK BAP priority habitats for invertebrates, including
Management of Lowland Heathland for Invertebrates.
Managing lowland heathland for reptiles
The Reptile Habitat
Management Handbook, produced by Amphibian and Reptile
Conservation, brings together habitat management advice for all
native UK reptiles – lowland heathland being a particularly
important habitat for this group of species.
Managing heathland in the face of climate
2008 National Heathland Conference reported on the latest
developments in heathland management and science in terms of
climate change, nutrient management, fire management, housing and
development, and heathland interpretation.