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007. Health Heather - Howden Moor

Healthy heather, two years after reseeding, free from heather beetle, tick infestation and unpalatable grasses

Geoff Eyre’s Howden Moor Model of Upland Management through spraying, managed burning and reseeding of heather and palatable grasses, bracken removal, together with a range of keepering and predator control methods, all year round water supplies and engaging local people, has created a ten-fold commercially viable increase in cattle, sheep and wildlife species productivity, over a six thousand acre area of the Peak District.

Three stages of Upland Restoration on Howden Moor in the Peak District

First stage of removing bracken

Harvesting heather seed

End result

Product of providing a ten-fold increase in carrying capacity for livestock, and a ten-fold increase in wild species, including a surplus of grouse to harvest. Quality habitat and food all year round.

British Wildlife Management

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