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South Solway Mosses Nature Reserves

South Solway Mosses Nature Reserves

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The three mosses that make up the South Solway Mosses NNR, include Bowness Common, Glasson Moss and Wedholme Flow they are all lowland raised bog which are more commonly known as a peat bogs. These bogs with Drumbrugh Moss (which is partially owned and managed by Cumbria Wildlife Trust), cover an area of around 2000ha on the Solway Plain.

The peat bog offers a special and unique wildlife habitat for both plants and animals. Important and colourful sphagnum mosses grow, forming the bases of the bog vegetation with other plants such as hare's-tail cotton grass, bog rosemary, cranberry, and cross-leaved heath and all three native sundew plants also present.

A range of breeding birds is found on the reserve including, sparrowhawk, curlew, snipe, sedge and grasshopper warblers. Invertebrates found include large heath butterfly, bog bush cricket and banded demoiselle dragonfly can be seen during the summer months.

An information sheet on the reserve can be downloaded via the eTour link above.

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedGuided tours for groups

Contact

Natural England

0300 060 6000

Address

Kirkbride,
Wigton,
Cumbria

Location

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Map reference: NY 229564  Lat: 54.89715 Long: -3.20286

The South Solway Mosses are 20 km west of Carlisle on the Solway coast.

Glasson Moss
Glasson Moss is north of the B5307, near the villages of Glasson and Whitrigg.
By car, access to the area is via minor roads from the B3507 and A596.

Wedholme Flow
Wedholme Flow is south of the B5307, near the villages of Newton Arlosh and Kirkbride.
By car, access to the area is via minor roads from the B3507 and A596.

Bowness Common
Bowness Common is north of the B5307, near the villages of Longcroft, Anthorn and Bowness on Solway.
By car, access to the area is via minor roads from the B3507 and A596.

The nearest train station is in Wigton (7 km to the south) served by Northern Rail . For details of local bus services go to the Traveline website .

Two major trails cross the area, the Cumbria Coastal Way and the Hadrian's Wall Path .
Glasson and Bowness-on-Solway are on Route 72 of the Sustrans National Cycle Network.

Parking: free

Facilities

  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups

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