- Moorland or moor is a type of habitat characterised by low growing vegetation on acidic soils. Moorland nowadays generally means uncultivated hill land. There exist two main types of moorlands: a) the “wet” one, called “atlantic type”, characteristic plant: Calluna vulgaris (UK, IR, DE), b) “dry” one, called “continental type”, characteristic plant: Erica tetralix (e.g. Scandinavia).
- Extensive area of ground overlaid with peat or acid peaty soil usually more or less wet. In popular usage the word ‘moor’ is restricted to European moors, in which heather is often the prevailing plant; but similar phytogeographical areas occur elsewhere.