Going to the Heather – July 2011

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Colonies on the heather

BY HEATHER (ling), I mean Calluna vulgaris. This acid-soil-loving plant still grows in our highest areas and also in lowland heathland. Heather shoots form the main part of the diet of grouse and, because of the high status of grouse shooting, grouse moors form one of the main reservoirs of the plant for beekeepers and their bees. In fact, British heather moorland accounts for three-quarters of the flower in the world.

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