Burns Beck Moss Nature Reserve

Cottongrass Seed Heads by Graeme DougalThis 15.1ha site covers a valley with raised mires around a beck. The site has been changed by human involvement with peat being removed. There was also an attempt to dry out the site by deepening the beck and the installation of drains. However, it was not successful.

Burns Beck is home to 16 species of sphagnum moss, bog myrtle, bog rosemary, cranberry, bog asphodel, cross-leaved heath and cotton grass. Along the old river channel willow scrub grows. Birch and pine are also found in the nature reserve.

Sedge Warbler courtesy Hampshire CamMigrant birds inhabit the area in the summer. These include sedge warbler, willow warbler, and whinchat. Resident birds include the reed bunting. Green hairstreak, small heath, and small pearl-bordered fritillary butterflies can be seen.

Roe deer, hare and common lizard are among the animals in the nature reserve.

Small Pearl-bordered-fritillary by Cornwall CamOpen to members and non-members
From Kendal take B6254 toward Killington; in Old Hutton take road signed for Bendrigg Lodge–it goes across motorway, go for 3km and at next junction turn right and park in quarry on left side–reserve is on the other side
Map Reference:
OS 1:50,000
Sheet No 97
SD 594 878

Photos courtesy of Graeme Dougal , David Packman , Charles Winpenny

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