Although many grassland and scrub species can withstand it, high frequency fires – i.e. one area burning more often than once every three or four years – is likely to shift the vegetation towards fire-tolerant and fire-resistant species. Frequent fires seem to have reduced the plant biomass across the grasslands which may have caused a loss of soil, leading to more exposed rock and faster water runoff.
How often do you get the chance to escape into nature? Studies have shown it can have positive effects on mental wellbeing – but who has the time these days?