Fire is one of the horses that will live in this meadow at Perivale Wood during the summer. Natural areas like this benefit from grazing by horses and cows as its haphazard nature allows some species to flourish, unlike mechanical cutting. Control of this kind of is necessary to prevent scrub taking over. In addition, if tall grass is eaten rather than being allowed to decay there is less nitrogen with the result that species that prefer poorer soil are encouraged along with the insects that favour them. This is all part of the effort to increase diversity and develop a range of habitats within the reserve.
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