Moor vs. Heath

09 Jan

It has come to our attention while wrapping up Return of the Native, that there may be some confusion out there regarding these terms.   Are they synonymous?   Just easily confused?   Does one have to go abroad to recognize and correctly identify them?

Well, rest assured, reader, we will clear up this confusion.  And confusion is rampant.  Everyone is asking this question!   You know you are too.  So, here you go.  Moorland vs Heathland.  (Keep in mind, I’ve never actually seen either, so for those of you experts, feel free to comment.)

First of all, they ARE very similar in appearance and contain many similar plants.   Both were formed from centuries of cutting trees and grazing, leaving only low-lying vegetation and poor soil.

Here are some differences:

Moorland:                                                                                     Heathland:

Higher in elevation, thus cooler.                                                      Lower in elevation, thus warmer.

Lots of grasses, peat, moss, heather, and bracken.                         Dominated by small woody shrubs.

More rain, damp and marshy, often foggy.                                       Not usually damp.


So, whether you wander the moor like Jane or Mary Lennox or stroll the heath like Eustacia, I hope you can savor their wild beauty and (now) celebrate their uniqueness!





Posted by on January 9, 2013 in The Return of the Native


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9 responses to “Moor vs. Heath

  1. Adriana @ Classical Quest

    January 9, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Very interesting. Thank you for clarifying these distinctions for us!

    • Christina Joy

      January 10, 2013 at 8:03 am

      I still think a field trip is order. Don’t you?

      • Adriana @ Classical Quest

        January 10, 2013 at 12:57 pm

        Absolutely. I feel more determined with each page I turn. IT WILL BE SO FUN!!!

  2. Jeannette

    January 10, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Most definitely! I’d like to see both in person. Perhaps at the end of our WEM journey (like in 10 years or so) we will have saved up enough money to journey to the moors and heaths overseas.

    • Christine

      January 10, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      Well done, earth science specialist. Thanks for clearing that up.

    • Christina Joy

      January 10, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      I’ve been contemplating setting aside 5-10 bucks for every work we finish so that we can do something tremendously fun.

      • Jeannette

        January 10, 2013 at 10:27 pm

        That’s not a bad idea. Have you totaled up the amount if we actually complete all the lists? If I counted right, there is a possibility of $1,430.00 if you set aside $10.00 after each work. Even $5.00 would amount to no small change. Even $1.00 combined with the other two of us would rent a pretty nice condo or suite or motel room within driving distance for a couple of nights.

        Would we be too old to enjoy it by the time we’re done? 🙂

      • Christina Joy

        January 10, 2013 at 10:31 pm

        All the better – we’ll get a senior citizen discount!!

      • Jeannette

        January 11, 2013 at 7:28 am

        Longest do-it-yourself Master’s Degree ever!


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