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Heather has got to be controlled by the keepers ,otherwise if left it becomes long and wirey then it dies back which reduces its nutritional values.Burning is carried out by moor keepers between October and mid-April when small sections are burned carefully on a rotational cycle, which can be as little as 7 years where there is very vigorous growth or as long as 25 years where growth is slow.For example, controlled burning will take place when the heather cover is dry, the peat wet and the wind light but constant. This ensures that the fire moves steadily over the peat, burning the plant but leaving the peat bed relatively cool.The burning cycle creates a pattern of different aged heather. The oldest provides cover for the grouse and other birds; the new shoots, succulent food for birds and sheep. A skilfully burnt moor will have a mosaic of heather and other moor plants of differing ages and the rich variety of wildlife it attracts.I hope this is usefull as i know some folk and tourists often wonder what is going on .
Thanks for stopping by .......Andy

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