There are three species of heather on Dartmoor and during August they come into flower and when blended with the yellows of the gorse give the moor that glorious look. There are also two specialist and quite rare bumblebees that live on the moor and feed on the heathers.
Purple, yellow and green
Ling or common heather – Calluna vulgaris
Bell heather Erica cinerea
Cross-leaved heather Erica tetralix – tends to grow in wetter bits of the moor
The heath bumblebee – Bombus jonellus
The much rarer mountain bumblebee Bombus monticola – unfortunately a declining species restricted to the moors and heaths of the south west, northern England, Wales and Scotland.