NY8851 : Heather management near to Black Sike

taken 5 years ago, 3 km from Sinderhope, Northumberland, Great Britain

Heather management near to Black Sike
Heather management near to Black Sike
On grouse moors the dominant heather vegetation is burned periodically so as to generate new growth and different heights of the cover. In order to contain the fires, these days lanes are mown between areas of heather to act as fire breaks; such a break is seen here. The 'seed tray' with a white marker pole is filled with grit which grouse consume and use in their muscular crops to grind the heather they eat. The grit acts effectively as their teeth! The pole is simply an aid to locating trays on the featureless ground. The distant hill is Lilswood Moor where patterns created by heather burning can be seen.
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Date Taken
Monday, 24 March, 2014   (more nearby)
Thursday, 27 March, 2014
Geographical Context
Uplands  Sport, Leisure  Moorland 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 8814 5181 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:51.6560N 2:11.1772W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 8809 5179
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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Heather Moorland  Grouse Moor  Grouse Grit Tray  Burnt Heather Area 

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