Moorland is one of the ‘classic’ landscapes of Scotland’s uplands.

The term covers a range of habitats, depending on the soil and geology. Some are more rugged and rocky, others covered in heather, some wetter and boggy. These various habitats are important to a wide range of wildlife, and while some moorland is ‘wild’ and little impacted by man, others such as the classic heather moorland result from deliberate action such as burning.

Open moorland areas of The Great Trossachs Forest are especially important for species which need both wooded and open areas for feeding and breeding, such as the black grouse and wildcat.

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