Cliburn Moss National Nature Reserve



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The Cliburn Moss NNR, southeast of Penrith, is a basin mire (bog) which supports an unusual range of fen, bog and heath communities, with several rare and scarce plants. The wide range of habitats supports a variety of species of plants and animals. Some of these have only been recorded recently, such as the glow-worm and the small skipper butterfly. Uncommon plants include dyer’s green weed, bog bilberry and lesser twayblade. Birdsong fills the air on spring days when resident woodland species are joined by migrants such as blackcaps, willow warblers and tree pipits. Red squirrels can be seen feeding and playing around dawn and dusk. In May and June, there is a fine display of cotton grass in open areas of mire, where the tiny emerald green hairstreak butterfly can also be seen. The pink and yellow flowers of ragged robin and bog asphodel dominate areas of fen.

Cliburn Moss National Nature Reserve


About the area

Discover Cumbria

Cumbria's rugged yet beautiful landscape is best known for the Lake District National Park that sits within its boundaries. It’s famous for Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Derwent Water, ‘Queen of the English Lakes'. This beautiful countryside once inspired William Wordsworth and his home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is a popular museum. Another place of literary pilgrimage is Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, located near Windermere. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here.

Much of Cumbria is often overlooked in favour of the Lake Distirct. In the south, the Lune Valley remains as lovely as it was when Turner painted it. The coast is also a secret gem. With its wide cobbled streets, spacious green and views of the Solway Firth, Silloth is a fine Victorian seaside resort. Other towns along this coastline include Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Carlisle is well worth a look – once a Roman camp, its red-brick cathedral dates back to the early 12th century and its 11th-century castle was built by William Rufus.

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