Definition of heathland in US English:

heathland

noun

also heathlands
  • An extensive area of heath.

    ‘1,000 acres of heathland’
    • ‘What if the new wood is planted on an area of heathland?’
    • ‘A forest for them and their successors was an area of unenclosed countryside, consisting of a highly variable mixture of woodland, heathland, scrub and agricultural land.’
    • ‘The Fire brigade were called just before 11 pm and extinguished the fire, which burned an area of heathland around three-quarters of a mile square.’
    • ‘‘You're so privileged to grow up in this area with all the walking trails, coastal heathlands and rainforests - while you're at school I challenge you to get to know all of your national parks,’ he said to the assembly.’
    • ‘It was an area of open heathland broken up by small clumps of trees, many misshapen and stunted by the constant attentions of wandering ponies.’
    • ‘Avoid snake bites by avoiding areas such as heathland where they are more common.’
    • ‘A search is underway for the owners of an area of Harray heathland, so that a 4,000 year old archaeological site can be opened to the public for the first time ever.’
    • ‘In the heathlands, with such frequent fires, plants have evolved to germinate only following fires, because then they can take advantage of the pulse of nutrients deposited in the soil by ash.’
    • ‘It gives new rights to walk over private land that can be classed as mountain, moorland, heathland or down.’
    • ‘To prevent succession by trees, heathlands on the southern Massachusetts islands are managed by conservation organizations and state agencies mainly through controlled burning, mowing, or grazing.’
    • ‘This will be replaced by mixed open forest and heathland, helping integrate the moorland, which has special protection status, to the forest.’
    • ‘It was Clumber House, a mansion built by the Duke of Newcastle in 1767 and set in 3,800 acres of woodland and heathland now owned by the National Trust.’
    • ‘One was a species of Euphrasia, or eyebright, endemic to the peaty heathlands and mountains of the Port Davey area and never before described.’
    • ‘One section of the garden demonstrates a method developed by the conservation group English Nature to restore heathland, a landscape habitat that is rarer than rainforest and being lost at a rate of 15 percent a decade.’
    • ‘And it seems admirers have a treat in store this year on Girraween's alpine style heathlands, meadows and high altitude forests.’
    • ‘A mix of habitats, from mixed woods to heath and sand dunes, has been created, and conifers are being removed from another 72 acres to extend the area of heathland.’
    • ‘This area of grazing marshes is now a nature reserve and includes woodland, marsh and heathland, and can be explored on marked trails.’
    • ‘Farmers and landowners planning to plough up or alter moor and heathland in the Peak District have been warned that they now need prior permission.’
    • ‘The pond is actually quite a large lake, fringed with extensive reedbeds and patches of willow scrub, surrounded by heathland and birch scrub.’
    • ‘The heathland as such on the Great Heath only dates to the post-Norman period, when centuries of nutrient depletion and a deteriorating climate led to its formation.’

Pronunciation

heathland

/ˈhiθˌlænd//ˈhēTHˌland/