TM4569 : Bell heather (Erica cinerea), Westleton Heath

taken 7 years ago, near to Westleton, Suffolk, Great Britain

Bell heather (Erica cinerea), Westleton Heath
Bell heather (Erica cinerea), Westleton Heath
Bell heather is an evergreen dwarf shrub, with leaves in whorls of three at each node. The bell shaped flowers are bright reddish-purple or white and it can be found growing in dry heaths alongside heather.

Westleton heath once formed part of a large area of heath known as the Sandlings that stretched along the Suffolk coast. Today only about 20% of the heathland remains. The local flora is typical of acid soil, with species such as harebell, tormentil, heath bedstraw and mossy tiliea on the grassheath. Of the heather species, common heather and ling predominate, and these, together with deep purple bell heather, provide an important nectar source for invertebrates such as the white admiral butterfly.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 14 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 15 August, 2011
Geographical Context
Lowlands 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 4506 6949 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:16.1348N 1:35.4176E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 4513 6940
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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