Dubbs Moss Nature Reserve

Dubbs Moss lane leading into the reserve by linanjohnDubbs Moss Nature Reserve is an area of woodland and fen, a damp hollow area surrounded by farmland. There are three major habitats on the reserve: birch woodland in the west; fen grassland to the east; and drier grassland as the ground rises in the east.

In the birch woodland are mosses and ferns.Dubbs Moss flowering hawthorn by linanjohn Two of the ferns are narrow buckler fern and hard fern. The common species of tit and the willow tit like the woods. Other birds on the reserve include whitethroat, chiffchaff, willow, blackcap, garden, grasshopper, and sedge warbler. Winter sees the hawthorn berries being attacked by fieldfares and redwings.

Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary by linanjohnThe habitat is liked by the roe deer that inhabit the area. Summer brings small pearl-bordered fritillary and ringlet butterflies in the wet grassland. Bug lovers can find beetles and spiders.

Map Reference: OS 1:50,000 Sheet No 89 NY 103 290

Whitethroat by PeteOpen to members and non-members
Take A5086 towards Egremont, turning off for Eaglesfield, then take first track on right (public footpath) signposted Moorland Close. Turn right again and go until first junction. Park on opposite side of track and walk downhill away from the farm.

Photos courtesy of linanjohn , Pete .

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