Ling Heather on Derwent Edge

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.