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To investigate the vegetation on moor land, the differences in its location, its conservation and management.

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Geography Fieldwork Write up Aim To investigate the vegetation on moor land, the differences in its location, its conservation and management. Hypothesis 1. Vegetation type and density will vary with distance from the footpath. 2. Managed burning will have an effect on the landscape and on heather green growth production. 3. Different areas of heather will have different percentage of green growth upon them. 4. Managed burning of heather will have an effect on the effect of accidental firing. Predictions 1. Vegetation will be denser further away from the footpath. 2. More top growing plants and fewer base growing plants will be found the further away from the footpath the sample is taken. ...read more.

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Measuring tape - will be used to accurately measure our stratified sample points Metre rule - will be used to measure vegetation height and soil depth on the soil spike Soil spike - will be used to measure soil depth. Samples will be taken every 30 cm for 3m across the path and into the vegetation at the side. After this, measurements will be taken at 20m intervals onto the moor. Conclusion The graph of heather green shoot production shows clearly that as the age of the heather increases so we see a decrease in the green growth. This is shown in the graph as a negative correleation seen as the older the area of heather the grater the figure on the x-axis. ...read more.

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The prediction that the density of vegetation will increase with distance from he path has been proved correct because the graphs show that the species present near the path, such as narrow leaved grass although it is common does not add very much to density. The density increases with distance from the path as seen in the positive correlation of the graph. The vegetation type has varied with distance from the path for example there is far more narrow leaved grass near the path and less heather. This is because grass is base growing and can therefore replenish itself when face with footpath erosion and trampling, whereas heather is top growing and therefore takes longer to replenish when damaged. What more coud have been done? ...read more.

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