MoorAn area of open treeless upland, dominated by heather and having an acid soil, often waterlogged and peaty, a wetter part forming the type of marsh called a 'bog'. Many moorlands are managed for the shooting of grouse (family Tetraonidae), and may be burned periodically to encourage the growth of young heather shoots as food for these birds. Moors are most extensive in Scotland, Wales, the Lake District and the Pennines. Apart from the Red Grouse Lagopus lagopus, their typical breeding birds include Curlew Numenius arquata and Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis.
Search Bird Dictionary
From Peter Weaver's Birdwatcher's Dictionary
Copyright © 1981 by Peter Weaver