Mountains and Moorland

Mountains and Moorland

Heather moorland in bloom (Calluna vulgaris), Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK - Mark Hamblin/2020VISION

What is Moorland?

Mountains and moorland are the largest area of wild, natural habitat in Britain and some of our most spectacular scenery. Wildlife habitats include heather moorland, bogs and windswept woodland.


Peak District National Park

View from Curbar Edge at dawn with mist in valley, Peak District National Park, UK, September - Ben Hall/2020VISION

Bob Coyle

Did you know?

Though they may seem wild, moorland habitats have been created by people for sheep grazing. Originally these areas were covered in scrub and woodland. Only the mountain peaks and rock faces are truly wilderness!


Birds to spot soaring across this beautiful landscape, or nesting in the moorland, include raven, buzzard, peregrine falcon, red grouse,  and wheatear.

Download the birds of prey spotter sheet


Mammals that live in these special habitats include red deer, polecat, pine marten, wildcat and the stunning mountain hare!

Download the grazing mammal spotter



Lots of amazing creepy-crawlies can be found if you just look closer! Keep an eye out for spiders, honey bees, bumble bees, heather beetle and moths,

Download the moth spotter sheet

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