Glossary of Terms
Annual Plant: This is a plant which grows from seed, flowers and sets seed itself before dying, all within the space of one year.
Ecosystem: An ecosystem encompasses all the living organisms in a particular area or habitat and the physical and chemical factors which affect them. This includes a great variety of interacting factors such as geology, soil type, climate, water source and the interactions between all the particular species which are present.
Hay: Dried Grass.
Herb: A non-woody flowering plant.
Legume: A member of the flowering plant family, Leguminosae, which includes peas and beans.
Microhabitat: Where organisms occupy slightly different places within the same general habitat, they are said to be in different microhabitats. For example, a caterpillar in a grassland, eating grass leaves, is in a different microhabitat to a springtail living in the leaf litter at soil level in the grassland.
Silage: A type of winter feed for cattle composed of fermented grass.