Upland Ecosystems

Upland ecosystems form below the montane zone but above the upper edge of enclosed agricultural land (typically 300m and above). They are characterised by the presence of a number of different habitats occurring in patches across the landscape- a habitat mosaic. In South Lanarkshire this mosaic should usually made up of heath, moorland, bog and scrub woodland. In many areas, however, the land has been altered for agriculture and large swathes of the uplands are currently managed for sheep, forestry or game.

For information on the uplands of South Lanarkshire, including the services provided by the ecosystem, distribution maps, threats and the actions which the South Lanarkshire Biodiversity Partnership is taking to conserve and enhance our uplands please see the Upland Ecosystem Plan.