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Lowland heath is a globally rare and unique habitat supporting
a variety of specialised plants and animals. Two hundred years ago
heathland covered most of West Surrey. Urban development, forestry
and neglect have resulted in loss of the habitat such that less
than a fifth of the original heathland remains.To redress this loss,
in December 1989 the Heathland Project was set up to protect and
enhance lowland heathland in Surrey. Work included practical land
management, providing advice, working with local communities and
the re-introduction of grazing to some heathland sites. Most of
the practical work, including managing the grazing programme, was
done by Project staff and volunteers, with the occasional use of
contractors for larger jobs. For more detail on the work we do and
historical facts, see Heathland Project reference section.