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Pest or provider?

Observed: 2nd October 2011 By: VinnyVinny’s reputation in PlantsVinny’s reputation in PlantsVinny’s reputation in PlantsVinny’s reputation in Plants
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Description:

Not a native to Dorset, but found on most areas of heathland. If left unchecked they eventually shade out the heather and other plants - not good for the 6 native reptiles that live on this particular heath. However they do provide shelter and/or food for other species such as Siskins and Crossbills.

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Species with which Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris) interacts

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Mark at Magdalen's picture

Absolutely agree that it can

Absolutely agree that it can be a problem in heathland but so can native birch trees.
I bet it was a native in this area after the last ice age (as was Rhododendron ponticum further back in time). As long as its kept under control I believe it to be an asset!