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The Continuing Regeneration of Lowland Heath at Bickerton Hill

23/06/21
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Did you know that Bickerton Hill is a remarkable area of open lowland heath, dominated by heather, gorse and bilberry and is one of the UK's rarest habitats.

The National Trust's work to regenerate this internationally-threatened lowland heath on Bickerton Hill has been remarkable in both the restoration and management of this unique landscape.

Areas of birch and other opportunist trees and scrub were cleared and there is now evidence of bilberry and heather recolonising the hill.

The views that once illuminated Cheshire's central sandstone ridge — east to the Pennines and west to the Clwydian Range and Snowdonia — are steadily opening up once more.

This increasingly rare but priceless habitat supports a wealth of otherwise rare plants and animals, including unusual beetles and moths, green hairstreak butterflies, wood larks, common lizards and adders.

There's also a chance that birds that once bred on the hill, such as nightjars and even ring ouzels, may one day return.

When grazing ceased in the 1940s, this area was all open country, and had been for centuries.

As the heather, bilberry and gorse return, the hills will slowly return to their former glory.