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The Woodland Education Centre
The Heathland Restoration Project

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Ecological Surveys 1996 - 1998

These ecological surveys, carried out annually in July, report on the changes which have taken place  on a 2 hectare site located in the Woodland Education Centre in Offwell, near Honiton in the county of Devon, South West England. The site is being restored to a lowland heath habitat.

The area was formerly wooded with a failed conifer crop and Sweet Chestnut, with an understorey of rhododendron. This was completely cleared in 1993. The area was subsequently divided into nine sections/strips. Different management techniques were assigned to the sections to test the resultant effects on lowland heath restoration. Experimental management on the project site began in 1995.

Changes to the Heathland Restoration Project site have been monitored from 1996 onwards.


Bell Heather on the project site. Introduction
Report Summary
Project Site Description
Soil Description
Site Diagram and Management Methods
Ecological Survey Methods
Comparison of Results from Different Methods
Plant Species List
Table of Dominant Plant Species
Heath Species on the project site.
Plant distribution
Plant species diversity
The effects of management




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Survey Reports