Meathop Moss Nature Reserve

Heading through the trees to Meathop Moss by Paul KennedyMeathop Moss Nature Reserve is a raised mire located on Morecambe Bay's north side. Due to drying of the moss trees have established themselves here. They are mostly Scots pine and birch but rowan, holly, and oak can also be spotted.

Below the trees are bilberry, ferns, and mosses. Bog rosemary, cross-leaved heath, bog asphodel, cranberry, hare's-tail cottongrass, white beaked sedge and Sphagnum moss grow on the reserve.

Meathop Moss by Paul KennedyOf special interest are the more than 200 species of butterfly and moth found here. Look for emperor moths and green hairstreak butterflies in late spring. June and July sees the uncommon large heath butterfly on the wing as well as the northern eggar moth. Dragonflies, damselflies and bog busy cricket add to the mix.

Birds at the reserve include the snipe, shelduck, and curlew on the open parts of the moss. In the woods are great spotted woodpecker, goldcrest, and different types of tits. On the Meathop Moss boardwalk by Paul KennedySometimes red squirrels make themselves known.

Map Reference:
OS: 1:50,000
Sheet No. 97
SD 443 818

Meathop Moss information board by Paul KennedyOpen to members. Non-members need permit. Tel. 01539 816 300 for details.
From A590 Witherslack take minor road opposite Witherslack turning signed to Ulpha. One 1km from the junction, park on right had side verge where a track to Moss starts at the road. Follow track and go across field to get to the reserve.

Photos courtesy of Paul Kennedy

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