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Wicklow Mountains National Park
Grassland Heath

Grassland and Heath

Grasslands and heaths are two of the main habitats in the Wicklow Mountains. In ancient times the first farmers in Ireland cleared the forests that would have cloaked the mountains. Farmers to this day continue to burn the vegetation on the uplands to improve grazing for their sheep. This regular burning prevents the return of the forest and maintains the 'semi-natural' grassland and heath habitats. Common grasses of the uplands are Mat Grass, Purple Moor-grass and Deer Grass. The dominant heather is Ling. Other heathers are Cross-leaved Heath and Bell Heather.

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