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Cornwall Coastal Heaths

Location:The Lizard, West Penwith and St Agnes, Cornwall

Habitats:Heathland, Coastal

Livestock:Various breeds and types of livestock

In brief:Part of a European project to develop a model of integrated heathland management

Contact:Joe Oliver

Tel:01209 715424

Work is currently underway on a Cornwall Coastal Heaths project covering 55 sites on The Lizard, West Penwith and St Agnes. The project aims to restore heathland on these sites by reintroducing traditional farmland management practices such at cutting, grazing and controlled burning. 

Key elements include improving site infrastructure (capital works grants are available), controlling scrub, gorse and bracken, managing commons (ie fencing and cattle grids) and educational and community work. The project aims to develop local marketing opportunities for produce from grazed heath. It will also explore the cultural value of heathlands, what they mean to the communities that live close to them and the tourists that visit them. An aim of the project is to produce best practice information for sustainable management of heathlands, working together with farmers and graziers.

The work forms part of the wider HEATH project, a Heritage Lottery and Interreg funding European project with partners in Wales, France and the Netherlands developing a North West European model for the social, economic and environmental management of heathlands. This is partly funded by HLF and Interreg.