There’s something about the North York Moors that is magical. Barren, windswept and without a tree in sight, moorland is seemingly habitable for only the hardiest of creatures – predominantly sheep and grouse.
Yet for just a short period each summer, this inhospitable environment springs into life with a carpet of vibrant purple.
Heather is a resilient plant and three types of it grow on the Moors – ling, cross-leaved heath and bell heather.
Gamekeepers keep it under control through burning, leaving some younger plants for grouse and sheep to eat, and some older plants for grouse to nest in.
The result is that of a patchwork quilt, with bright splashes of purple interspersed with patches of bright green grass and darker, more mature plants.
For more information visit North York Moors National Park.
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