Plants to look out for
There are countless plant species on the moors, but some of the more interesting and common ones are listed here. Some you may be lucky to find, others you will be able to spot straight away.
Bristly Haircap moss. The red spikes, or 'capsules' contain the spores for reproduction. It can look like a red carpet for just a short time during mid-summer.
The common cotton sedge and the hare's tail cotton sedge both look fairly similar, with the white fluffy flowers during summer.
Ling heather is one of the most common moorland plants. Look out for the swathes of purple during late summer.
The sundew is a carnivorous plant found on the moor. It catches insects using sticky nodules.
Tiny white flowers can be found on this ground creeping plant.
There are many different types of sphagnum moss found on the moors. Certain species are some of the main peat forming plants on the moors.
This plant has striking yellow flowers during the summer, often flushed with orange.
Lots of lichens are found on the moors, cladonia being one species, with a distinctive red trumpet.
There are a number of different reeds and rushes that thrive in the boggy conditions of the moor, along with many grass and sedge species.