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Conifer felling on Rammamere Heath
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View from the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) meadow

Conifer removal on Rammamere Heath

The conifer removal is being carried out as part of a Higher Level Stewardship agreement that the owners of the land, Lafarge Aggregates Ltd, have with Natural England. As well as the removal of conifers from Rammamere Heath, they have also removed the remaining conifer plantation from adjacent Bragenham Wood and carried out a 50% thin of the plantations in the section of Kings Wood NNR that they own.

Once the trunks and other main timber has been removed from the heath, the area will be mulched to break up the brash and stumps, and scarify the ground to expose the heather seed bank in the underlying soil . From next summer, the cleared areas will then be grazed with cattle and/or Exmoor ponies and Hebridean sheep to control tree regeneration and create an acid grassland/heathland sward, and if necessary, heather seeding will be carried out to speed up the restoration of the heathland.

As a result of this work, the heathland at Rammamere will be restored to its original 20ha extent, and it will create additional habitat for heathland flora and fauna including bilberry, heath speedwell, adder and common lizard, and hopefully encourage heathland birds such as nightjar and woodlark to breed at the site.