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12 photographs that capture the true beauty of Yorkshire heather

PUBLISHED: 14:23 21 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:23 21 September 2017

Ilkley Moor heather by David Oxtaby

Ilkley Moor heather by David Oxtaby

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Our readers experience the deep purple of the Yorkshire moorlands.

Yorkshire landscape dramatically changes to a fantastic palette of gold and oranges during the autumn months, but perhaps the most eye-catching feature, are the moorlands that are resplendent in purple.

Around 70 percent of the world’s heather moorland is in the UK and the largest continuous expanse of moorland in England is in the North York Moors.

The Hole of Horcum and the area around Goathland are some of the most famous sights in the national park, which has three different varieties growing within its borders.

Further south, Ilkley Moor which forms part of the forms part of the South Pennine Moors is another famous spot to view purple heather.

However, these delicate landscapes are not without their problems, over 80% of lowland heathland in the UK has disappeared in just 200 years due to development and the decline of traditional farming methods over time.

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust manage many heathland habitats for the benefit of wildlife; young heather provides food for sheep and red grouse, and shelter and nest sites for some ground-nesting birds, while older heather provides shelter and nest sites for birds and other wildlife.

Where are your favourite spots to view purple heather? Upload your images to the reader photo gallery to add to the collection.

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