Wet heath and wet grassland


Wet heath and wet grassland are characterized by the presence of cross-leaved heath, mosses, grasses (especially purple moor grass), bulrushes, sedges, and herbs.

Wet grassland is more common than wet heath on more intensely grazed areas. This consists largely of low-growing purple moor grass. Wet grassland is similar to wet heath and shares many of the same native animals.

Key species in these areas include the common lizard, the marsh gentian, and the alcon blue. This landscape is under threat of grass-encroachment, making topsoil stripping a good management measure. The impermeable soil layers must be kept intact during this process. Mowing and extensive grazing are also good methods of maintaining this landscape.