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Habitat Degradation

It is important to note that habitats can appear to have a different species composition to the standard habitat definitions. This could be the result of changes due to human activity and land management.

[Description]

This is known as habitat degradation which can lead to a loss of ecosystem services.


Photo of a grouse in a moorland setting. Photo of scrub land.

(c)HarperCollins, used under CLA licence.

'The same stretch of Glen Esk moorland before (top, 1960, with cock grouse on its territory and a pile of limestone ready for spreading), and after conversion (botton, 1994, heather has been 'improved' to grass, through government subsidy).'

Watson, A; Moss, R (2008). Grouse. London: HarperCollins. 390.