Hardy's Egdon Heath project, Dorset

County: Dorset
Contact details
Email: enquiries@naturalengland.org.uk
Website: Hardy's Egdon Heath project on the Dorset for you website
English Nature, Forestry Commission, Minstry of Defence, RSPB, Heritage Lottery Fund, National Trust, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Dorset County Countil, Dorset boroughs of Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch, East Dorset
Project description

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund this project covered 75 sites across Dorset and extended for six years (ending in May 2006). The achievements were:

850 hectares scrub cleared, 48 hectares gorse coppiced, 204 hectares bracken cleared, 100 hectares pine plantation cleared to re-create heathland areas
5 grazing projects achieved
0.5 miles upgraded pathways, boardwalk construction, all-terrain wheelchair access
Information including specific site information boards and leaflets, annual Project Information Sheets, 2 Project leaflets, heathland fairs, walks, talks and volunteer conservation tasks
Local contractors have carried out work to the value of over £1,600,000
Annual monitoring of 9 specific sites to chart the success of the heathland restoration works.

On some sites, restoration was aided by spreading heather seeds harvested from adjacent or nearby donor sites. In most instances, however, there is enough heather seed in the seed bank that this is not required. Litter scraping was used to aid the exposure of the seed bank.

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