Heathlands are human-made habitats. They only persist if they are managed. The lowland heaths of southern England would quickly become woodland if no grazing occurred. 

Heathland Plants

Dry Areas

HeatherLing
Bell heather
Gorse (Common, Dwarf, Western)
Tormentil
Milkwort
Bedstraw
Slender St John’s Wort
Dodder (parasite twining over gorse and heather)
Bracken
Bilberry (whortleberry)
Silver birch
Rowan
Aspen
Scots pine



Wet Areas

beeley moorCross-leaved heath
Purple moor-grass
Sphagnum moss
Bog asphodel
White & brown beak sledge
Sundew (round-leaved and oblong-leaved)
Lesser Bladderwort
Cranberry
Bogbean
Bottle sedge
Marsh St.John’s Wort
Lousewort
Bog myrtle
Downy birch
Alder buckthorn

Read More: Animals of the Heathland

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