Grasslands, UK

Grassland with disused limestone quarry, Great Orme, Llandudno, North Wales

Top facts

  • In the UK there are a number of different types of grassland which vary depending on the soil type and geography of the area.
  • Almost all the grassland in the UK is semi-natural, having been altered throughout history by farming practices such as grazing, mowing, burning and the removal of larger plants.
  • Meadows are perhaps the best known of all grasslands, famous for their rich variety of wildflowers. They are cut for hay and grazed during the winter.
  • Machair is a very rare grassland habitat, only found along parts of the Scottish and Irish coasts.