Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve with cottongrass in the foreground. © Bex Lynam
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Bee on lavender flower © Michelle Waller
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Drumburgh Moss National Nature Reserve is a site of international importance, dominated by an expanse of lowland raised mire, one of Western Europe's most threatened habitats.
Diverse range of habitats supports a good number of species of plants, mosses, ferns as well as butterflies, beetles, spiders and moths. This makes an excellent reserve for birds throughout the…
Named after a small tributary of the River Eden, Gosling Sike is the Trust's organic working farm and the site of the northern office. Importantly, it's also integral to education and…
Once a large freshwater lake this unusual wetland habitat has a number of rare plant species. A speciality of the site here is the delicate bird's eye primrose, whilst other species include…
This small reserve, a mix of grassland, woodland and scrub has a surprising variety of plant species. It is a haven for insect life.
Sphagnum, sundew and other unusual plants create a colourful carpet on this raised mire. Rich in invertebrate life myriads of butterflies, moths, dragonflies and damselflies are seen.
Tussocky sedges and some unusual wetland plants combined with the wet woodland of willow and alder provide a home for some rare spiders and beetles.
Colourful sphagnum moss, sundew and other plants create a carpet on the surface of this raised mire. Large heath butterflies, dragonflies and bog bush-cricket can be found.
Hay meadows, wet grassland, scrub, hedges, ponds and the beck provide homes for a wealth of wildlife. Although small in size, the nature reserve has a remarkable number of birds.