This procumbent low shrub is found on upland heaths and moorlands, often over well-drained gravelly or rocky ground, and on ravine sides. It sometimes grows in heathy grasslands on limestone, as in the Burren. From sea level in W. Ireland and Ardtoe (Westerness) to c. 710 m (Rannoch Moor, Mid Perth) and reportedly at 915 m in Inverness-shire.
The range of A. uva-ursi is essentially unchanged since 1950, but it has suffered local declines, possibly because of moor-burning. Most losses in England took place before 1930.
Circumpolar Boreal-montane element.
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.