Heathland is formed when forests on nutrient poor soils are cleared and then
managed by grazing, burning and/or gathering of heather and gorse use as fuel
and thatch. It is not only an important habitat for wildlife but is also a valuable
part of our cultural heritage.
Lowland heath is characterised by species such as heather, bell heather, and
gorse, and it is associated with acidic, nutrient-poor soils. Heathland is a
very rare but nevertheless important habitat in Oxfordshire. It has a very localised
distribution with the largest remaining areas in the Frilford area west of Oxford
(Midvale Ridge Natural Area) and on the Chilterns plateau.
Some species which will benefit from this HAP
Dingy Mocha moth
Grey scalloped bar moth
White-line snout moth