Plants & Flowers
A glance across the moorlands of Hiraethog does little to reveal the variety beauty of the plant life here – to appreciate the wealth of species that make up the changing moorland scene a closer look at the ground is required!
Unlike in other places, much of the Hiraethog landscape has not been drained or improved for agriculture. The upland heath and blanket bog in Hiraethog is an increasingly rare and unique habitat which is home to a number of unusual native plants.
In very wet areas look out for the carnivorous sundew and butterwort - which feed by trapping insects - or the starry yellow flowers of the bog asphodel that turn marshy areas yellow in midsummer.
Bilberries make a tasty snack on a moorland hike and in late summer beekeepers bring their hives up onto the bell heather for the sweet nectar.
Look out too for the white tufts of hare's tail cotton grass which looks like little balls of cotton wool, a popular feeding ground for caterpillars of the large heath butterfly - or on drier grasslands you may see the blue flowers of the delicate harebell.
The plants of the area are diverse and interesting - so pick up a plant book and see what you can discover as you explore Hiraethog!