This weekend, Ling Heather has been just about at its best on the Peak District moors. It is the most common of 3 types of heather that grows in the Peak District. As well as looking beautiful when in flower, it also provides much needed cover for ground nesting birds in the spring.
I am told that a type of tea can be made from its flowering stems and that mead was once flavoured by its flowers.
These photos were taken this afternoon on Derwent Edge, showing a close up of the Ling Heather flowers and the ‘purple carpet’ effect on the moorlands. Ladybowever reservoir is in the background.