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Impact of heathland restoration and re-creation techniques on soil characteristics and the historical environment


Restoration of farmland, scrub, bracken or woodland to heathland may require significant soil disturbance, vegetation removal and/or burning. This detailed guidance document describes how to minimise adverse impacts on soil, biodiversity and archaeological features during heathland restoration.


Guidance type/project stage

  • Ecosystem creation
  • Implementation
  • Ecosystem management
  • Ecosystem restoration


  • Heathland

Challenges addressed

  • Biodiversity

Source | Natural England

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