Heathland

(1) Heaths are shrub land habitats characterised by open, low growing woody vegetation, found on mainly infertile acidic soils, or on respectively poor soils. They are similar to moorland, but they differ in terms of climate and vegetation. Heathland is generally warmer and drier than moorland. Heathlands can be found at the coast line (e.g. Mediterranean coasts) as well as in the plain land itself (e.g. Germany).
(2) Extensive pastureland of uncultivated, podsol soils with a vegetation dominated by dwarf ericceous shrubs, dwarf oak, and juniper.

Source: (1) Definition elaborated by the Eucaland Project for project purposes (2) EVERT (2004), p. 301
Heathland
Lüneburger Heide, one of the best known examples of heathland, created by sheep grazing (dominant species: Calluna vulgaris), N-Germany (Photo: Alexandra KRUSE 2005)

Lüneburger Heide, one of the best known examples of heathland, created by sheep grazing (dominant species: Calluna vulgaris), N-Germany (Photo: Alexandra KRUSE 2005)

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