Tarn Moss National Nature Reserve



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Tarn Moss NNR is a basin mire just off the A66 south of its junction with the A5091 which supports a range of fen communities. In comparison with other Cumbrian basin mires, Tarn Moss is remarkable in being almost undisturbed and entirely devoid of tree or scrub cover, with no obvious signs of past peat cutting. The mire communities are of special interest, comprising areas of typical acid mire within a matrix of nutrient-poor fen, the latter being unusual in true basin mires. The fen is the most extensive and best-developed community at Tarn Moss, and is characterised by the dominance of sphagnum bog-mosses and various sedges. Other plant species include marsh pennywort, marsh cinquefoil, water horsetail, marsh violet, common marsh-bedstraw, lesser spearwort, bog asphodel and cranberry. Small areas of more acid vegetation occur throughout the reserve and in places merge to form larger patches of acid mire, dominated by heather and cross-leaved heath, bog-rosemary and crowberry.

Tarn Moss National Nature Reserve
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About The area

Discover North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.

The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.

York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.


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