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Transactions of the Symposium on Photo Interpretation

Fig. 8. Some natural and cultural elements still to be seen on the heath. Details from air
photos of 1955. 1: Sand bar. 2: Depression between sand bars. 3: Forest. 4: Pine trees.
5: Fence. 6: Ditch. 7: Water. 8: Wheel tracks. 9: New road. 10: Old road. 11: Medieval
turf wall. 12: Medieval field. 13: Limit of the last turf cutting. 14: Damage to vegetation
caused by cattle.
degeneration phenomenon of the wet heath. In fig. 8b we can see the effect of
turf cutting. The last cut area is still much darker than the surrounding ground,
although no turf cutting has occurred here in this century. The difference in
colour is due to the fact that some Cladonia species have not yet returned to
the cut area, where Erica tetralix dominates. Another element in that picture
consists of numerous wheel traces. Some of these tracks are made by waggons
carrying the turf home to the town; others indicate how difficult it could be to
travel to Skanor and Falsterbo over land before a permanent road was built.
Fig. 8c shows three stages in the development of a road at a point where it
crosses a natural ditch. The latest road (9) crosses it as a straight and broad
white line but the former road (10), probably still in use in this century, made
a sharp bend here. Still one stage earlier there was no bridge. Wheel tracks
converge towards the most easily forded point, then diverge over the western
part of the heath towards Skanor or Falsterbo. In the lower left corner there