I have been so busy these past few days, cramming as much as I can before going back to paying work. This time a long drive to Brimham Rocks.
The heather was looking lovely and purply – it has inspired me to make some heather coloured handmade paper which I will show you later.
On a world scale, natural heather habitats are extremely rare: rarer than rainforest. According to the Moorland Association, 75% of the world’s remaining heather moorland is found in Britain and that habitat has been declining rapidly. Brimham moor has the particular distinction of being home to three local varieties: ling heather, bell heather, and cross-leaved heath.
Brimham Rocks is one of just over 4,000 sites nation-wide which have been awarded the status Site of Special Scientific Interest’ (SSSI). Attributed by Natural England, this status is used in order to protect the natural, environmental or geological heritage of the British Isles from development, pollution or insensitive land management.
The natural spectacle of Brimham Rocks, with its giant rock formations, was created by an immense river 100 million years before the first dinosaurs walked the earth.
The rocks, sculpted by 320 million years of movement of entire continents as well as hundreds of thousands of years of ice, rain and wind, have taken on weird and wonderful shapes and with a little imagination, they resemble familiar creatures. There is the Dancing Bear, the Gorilla, the Eagle and the Turtle.