12 photographs that capture the true beauty of Yorkshire heather
PUBLISHED: 14:23 21 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:23 21 September 2017
Our readers experience the deep purple of the Yorkshire moorlands.
Yorkshire heather photography
Ana Cross, Rosedale by Mark Bulmer
Danby Dale by Janet Danks
Heather outside Helmsley by Keith Sayer
Hole of Horcum by Nick Fletcher
Ilkley Moor at sunset by David Oxtaby
Ilkley Moor by Juliette Howick
Ilkley Moor heather by David Oxtaby
Levisham Moor by Rachael Dunn
Looking Back, Reeth by Paul Dickinson
Sheep in purple heather, Hebden Bridge by Rebecca Greenwood
The approach to Roseberry Topping by Andrew Whitham
Wild and Free, Castleton by Janet Danks
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.
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.
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