Muckle Moss National Nature Reserve



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Muckle Moss NNR is a peat bog occupying an oval-shaped depression between two parallel sandstone ridges. The mire surface is a saturated carpet of multi-coloured bog mosses, cotton grass and heather, surrounded by heath, woodland and grassland. There are panoramic views from the ridges across the Tyne Valley to the North Pennines, Cross Fell and north to Hadrian’s Wall and the Border Uplands. The main features of the site are the mire habitats and the unique surface patterning which can be seen all year and viewed from the western sandstone ridges. Surrounding the mire are a mixture of habitats including dry heath, broadleafed and coniferous woodlands, and agricultural grassland. The drier heather ridges and bog edges are good places to spot Britain’s only poisonous snake, the adder, and the showy emperor moth. Breeding birds on the NNR include teal, curlew and snipe on the mire, meadow pipit, skylark and lapwing on the grassland.

Muckle Moss National Nature Reserve
Bardon Mill


About the area

Discover Northumberland

If it’s history you’re after, there’s heaps of it in Northumberland. On Hadrian’s Wall you can imagine scarlet-cloaked Roman legionaries keeping watch for painted Pictish warriors while cursing the English weather and dreaming of home. Desolate battlefield sites and hulking fortresses such as Alnwick, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh and Warkworth are reminders that this, until not so very long ago, was a contested border region. The ruins of Lindisfarne bear witness to the region’s early Christian history.

Northumberland also has some of Britain’s best beaches. On summer days, and even in winter, you’ll see surfers and other brave souls making the most of the coast. Inland, there are some great walks and bike rides in the dales of the Cheviot Hills and the Simonsides – just hilly enough to be interesting, without being brutally steep. There's dramatic scenery in the High Pennines, where waterfalls plunge into deep valleys, and there are swathes of heather-scented moorland. Northumberland National Park covers over 400 square miles of moorland and valleys with clear streams and pretty, stone-built villages. It’s just the place for wildlife watching too. You’ll find flocks of puffins, guillemots and other seabirds around the Farne Islands, and seals and dolphins offshore.

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