Heathlands are largely artificially created habitats. They only persist if they are managed. Many of the heaths in England would quickly become woodland if no maintenance occurred. 

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RSPB, Heathland Extent and Potential (HEaP) maps, (Online), Available from: https://www.rspb.org.uk/our-work/conservation/conservation-and-sustainability/advice/conservation-land-management-advice/heathland-extent-and-potential-maps/ [Accessed 18/12/20]

The Wildlife Trusts, Heathland and Moorland, (Online), Available from: https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/habitats/heathland-and-moorland  [Accessed 18/12/20]

Buglife, Lowland Heathland, (Online), Available from:  https://www.buglife.org.uk/resources/habitat-management/lowland-heathland/ [Accessed 18/12/20]

Sussex Wildlife Trust, Heathland Management, (Online), Available from: https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/discover/around-sussex/heathland/heathland-management [Accessed 18/12/20]

Air Pollution Information System, Heath and montane scrub, (Online), Available from:  http://www.apis.ac.uk/overview/ecosystems/overview_heath.htm [Accessed 18/12/20]

Staffordshire Government, History and management of heathland, (Online), Available from: https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/environment/Environment-and-countryside/Managing-Cannock-Chase/Documents/Factsheet-1-Heathland-Management.pdf [Accessed 18/12/20]

Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC), Lowland Dry Heath, (Online), Available from: https://www.arc-trust.org/heathland  [Accessed 18/12/20]

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