Ling Heather on the Moors

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.


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