The UK has over one tenth of the world’s moorland, and 70% of the world’s heather moorland, much of which is in the north and west of the country. While moorland will carry common characteristics, no area is exactly the same and each has its own uniqueness to celebrate.
Living Uplands is currently developing content that demonstrates the particular characteristics of Uplands, beginning with Teesdale and Weardale.
British moorlands often look harsh and lonely wildernesses, but they are mostly a man-made, highly managed landscape, with the use of regular burning enabling new heather growth assuring optimal habitat for endangered wildlife and reduction in the risk of catastrophic wildfire.
Moorland upland areas are acidic, and often waterlogged, with low-nutrient soils on deep peaty layers. In the cold, wind and wet conditions the dominant vegetation is the heather plant and hardy grasses able to grow.
Landscape management enhances the colours of the moorland with which we are all familiar; the pinks and purples of late summers’ heather, the browns of autumn, and soft hues of winter and spring. It also assures the range of plants that provide food for the birds, and appropriate cover for many ground-nesting birds. This is ideal countryside for small mammals and insects.
Living Uplands looks forward to exploring the geology, hydrology, flora & vegetation, fauna, Life of our Uplands, and to developing complimentary educational resources.