Orton Moss Nature Reserve (Includes Bucknill´s Field)

Orton Moss Cumbria Wildlife TrustOrton Moss Nature Reserve is made up of three narrow fields. It was once a mire that was enclosed by hedge banks. Over the decades people have removed peat, drained the land, and planted crops, then left it all to decay.

Now woodland and small areas of grassland make up the reserve. In the late 1800s the area was known for being a habitat for 19 species of butterfly, including the large heath and the now extinct (in Cumbria) wood white. Until the 1980s marsh fritillary butterflies enjoyed this habitat until it became too small for them to thrive.

Orton Moss Cumbria Wildlife TrustCattle graze on the grassland in autumn and spring.

Map Reference:
OS 1:50,000
Sheet No 85
NY 339 543
Open to members. Non-members must have a permit – tel. 01539 816 300 for details.

A595 towards Thursby; first right for Little Orton; left at crossroads, then next right; track to the right 1.5km; park and walk on to the reserve.

Photos courtesy of © Cumbria Wildlife Trust

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