Peat bog conservation - the importance of lowland raised bogs (IN7.7)

What am I likely to see on a peat bog?

Many people think of bogs as wilderness areas with little to see, but a closer inspection will reveal some remarkable plants, insects and animals. Vast areas are covered in sponge-like Sphagnum mosses that display a vibrant mix of colours ranging from pink, deep wine-red and orange to gingery brown and bright green. Dotted throughout the mosses you will see the pink flowers of bog rosemary, the ruby-reds of the cranberry, the bright yellow flowers of bog asphodel and the fluffy white heads of the cotton grass. The whole landscape resembles a giant Persian rug.

Black darter dragonfly.

Dragonflies, bog bush crickets, black bog ants and butterflies are just some of the insects that thrive in this environment.
 

bladderwort

common cotton grass

cross-leaved heath

bog rosemary

NNR signage

Sphagnum moss

bog bush cricket

cranberry berries on Sphagnum

purple-bordered gold moth

bog asphodel

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