Blawhorn Moss National Nature Reserve (NNR) is a secret place. Hidden among windswept moors, this wilderness is a rare survivor of the raised and blanket peat bogs that once covered much of Central Scotland.
Blawhorn Moss NNR is the largest and least disturbed area of active, raised bog in the Lothians. It’s changed very little in 8,000 years. Peat is laid down at the rate of 1mm per year, and it’s now deep enough in places to bury two double-decker buses.
Look out for nesting birds and the first dragonflies in spring. Watch curlews parachute above a sea of bog cotton in summer. Autumn sees patches of purple heather amid the golden, red and green bog plants. In winter, you may spot a short-eared owl hunting or hen harrier searching for a roosting place.
Learn more about visiting Blawhorn Moss NNR in this leaflet, including how to reach the site near Blackridge.
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