AHNE Bryniau Clwyd / Clwydian Range AONB

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A moorland habitat - ‘how you've changed!’

The moorland landscape has changed dramatically and according to the evidence from the pollen found in the soil layers here, this is what happened.

8000BC: Ancient woodland

4000BC: Thinning of wood for fuel/ building/ hunting

3000BC: Deforestation for agriculture

c70AD: Trees start to reclaim as agriculture moves to valleys

600AD: Heather begins to dominate benefitting grazing

600 to c1900 AD: Farming and sheep grazing limits tree growth

Modern day: Countryside management compliments the reduced common land grazing to preserve the moorland habitat.

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