Unfortunately heather beetle is really starting to show on various separate locations across the North York Moors now.
Heather Beetle is a widespread and common insect species found across Britain. The larvae feed on the leaves of heather plants, stripping them bare and damaging the health of the heather. In a normal year, small patches of heather will be “beetled”, but it is usually the case that the plants recover in a few months.
Periodically, heather beetle populations expand into huge outbreaks, in which millions of beetle grubs can decimate hundreds of hectares of carefully managed heather.
Gamekeepers carry out controlled burning during October and April to the affected patches and this helps to speed up the recovery of the heather.