Montane scrub is the name given to the habitat which lies between the forest and the high mountain tops.

In these exposed conditions, on the upper slopes, trees cannot survive easily, and are sculpted and twisted by strong winds. The higher up you go, the fewer trees can survive, leaving shrubs such as blaeberry, heather and crowberry. Once an extensive habitat in Scotland, these areas have been limited by grazing and conserving them is now a priority.