Percurso da Serra Amarela

NAME OF INTEREST - Dominance of scrub with small woodland areas

CONCEPT - Natural Heritage

At this location we can see that the landscape is dominated by scrub (gorse-heath) with small wooded areas (nearly all the fruit of planting by the Forestry Services in the mid 20th century). This dominance of scrub is the consequence of the continual use of fire (above all motivated by the practice of shepherding) which leads to the destruction of woods and their substitution by scrub.
In recent years the cycle of burning has become ever shorter with the result that scrublands now occupy about 74% of the area of the National Park.