Many areas of heathland have been lost to urban development, afforestation and conversion to farmland. Recreational disturbance, air pollution and lack of management also have a negative impact. The more we lose, the harder it is for the remaining areas to survive in an ever increasing fragmented and isolated state. Since the turn of the last century, over 80% of lowland heath has been lost nationally, although there is an increasing effort to restore and save these unique and evocative landscapes.
The Sussex Wildlife Trust owns several areas of heathland which are being gradually and sympathetically restored and maintained.