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Hill and marginal grazings
Clearance for livestock
Sheep, shelters etc
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Heather moor with muirburn, Angus
Scottish moors and hills provide poor grazing for sheep, so the animals need to be able to roam over a large area.

One way of improving the grazing is to burn heather, thus removing tough, inedible plants. Sheep can then eat the grass and young heather shoots which appear the following year.

Muirburn is a clear example of human intervention in areas which may at first sight seem to be completely wild. It leaves a distinctive patchwork appearance on the hillsides. This painting by Allan Ramsay (1842-1912) shows a heather covered hillside with muirburn in an Angus glen.

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