Duddon Mosses National Nature Reserve



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Duddon Mosses NNR is one of England’s few remaining peatland habitats, with striking views over the Lakeland fells and the sea. This quiet haven, hidden in the north of the Duddon Estuary, provides a welcome sanctuary for plants, animals and human visitors. The reserve is recognised for its international importance as a raised peatland habitat, supporting some specialist bog flora. The nationally rare and distinctive golden-orange moss Sphagnum pulchrum can be found here, and other uncommon bog species include bog rosemary and cranberry. The bog flora and conditions here also support a wide variety of insects, including the bog bush cricket, a large green insect with distinctive long antennae,which is found very near to its northern limit here. Birds of prey such as buzzard and barn owl make use of the open landscape of the mosses – perfect for hunting for small mammals – and water-loving birds such as waders and pink-footed geese enjoy the tranquillity of the reserve in winter.

Duddon Mosses 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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