In addition to forests, another typical characteristic of the Pohorje Hills are the grasslands, which grow on plateaus. These grasslands are the remnants of pastures and meadows formed by cutting down forests. Because they are not being used anymore, the grasslands are beginning to become overgrown again. The typical plants growing on the acidic soil of the Pohorje Hills grasslands are matgrass, the medicinal arnica, and orchids. On the steeper slopes, we find the autumnal heather, the bilberry, and the lingonberry. The forests, meadows and bogs of the Pohorje Hills are the natural habitat of game, numerous types of birds (such as grouse, owls, birds of pray, and woodpeckers), butterflies, beetles, amphibians, and other animal species.