North Lincolnshire’s heathlands
The UK has about 20 per cent of the world’s total area of lowland heath. This heathland is a precious resource, a special type of habitat with unique flowers and birds.
We now have only about 20 per cent of the heathland we had 200 years ago. We are working hard with others to keep, restore and re-create heathland in the region.
In North Lincolnshire heathland is concentrated around Scunthorpe on land known as the “coversands” (an area of wind blown sand deposits). Much of the coversands around the town have been lost to development. What remains is largely fragmented and found on the edge of the town. It is often found within areas of acid grassland.