Heathlands are human-made habitats. They only persist if they are managed. The lowland heaths of southern England would quickly become woodland if no grazing occurred. 

Animals of the Heathland

Birds

KestrelWheatear
Linnet
Whinchat
Stonechat
Dartford warbler (rare)
Swallow
Red-backed shrike (Britain’s rarest breeding bird)
Great grey shrike
Nightjar
Hobby
Kestrel
Sparrowhawk
Hen harrier

Reptiles

AdderCommon lizard
Adder
Sand lizard
Smooth snake
Grass snake
Slow-worm

Amphibians

Natterjack toad

Invertebrates

Butterflies:

ButterflySmall heath
Grayling
Green hairstreak
Dark green fritillary
Silver-studded blue
Small copper

Others:

Emperor moth
Grasshoppers
Ants
Aphids
Beetles
Wolf spiders
Dragonflies
Heath bumblebee

Read More: Threats to the Heathland

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