Drumburgh Moss National Nature Reserve



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Drumburgh Moss NNR is one of four nationally important wetlands on the South Solway estuary. It is dominated by an expansive lowland raised mire, one of western Europe’s most threatened habitats. Drumburgh Moss is home to a number of specialist bog plants. In spring, the moss is a profusion of the white heads of cotton grass, and in summer cranberry, bog rosemary and heather are in flower. You can find all three species of sundew here including the rare great sundew. In spring you might see breeding displays of curlew, skylark and reed buntings, and red grouse, redshank, snipe and grasshopper warbler also breed here. The nationally rare large heath butterfly is on the wing from June to August looking for cotton grass on which it lays its eggs. The pools are alive with dragonflies and damselflies during the summer months, while in winter, the reserve often hosts small numbers of geese from the huge flocks on the Solway.

Drumburgh 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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