The wild heartland
Moine Mhor National Nature Reserve (NNR) is a bogland showpiece. It’s a wild landscape of hummocks, hollows and pools, where glistening dragonflies dance and graceful hen harriers hunt. This ‘Great Moss’ forms the wild heartland of Kilmartin Glen.
Raised bogs like Moine Mhor are among Europe’s most threatened habitats. They are home to plants and animals specially adapted to thrive in these water-logged conditions.
Fringed by tidal flats, saltmarsh, fen, alder carr and ancient oak woodland, this transition of habitats adds to the reserve’s rich diversity of wildlife. Coastal birds, otters and the rare marsh fritillary butterfly all make their home here. In winter, hen harriers roost on the moss.
There are a number of ways to enjoy the reserve. Why not climb the ancient hill fort at Dunadd to get a bird’s-eye view, or take a stroll along the Crinan canal. Closer to the car park, enjoy a picnic before exploring the wooded Tileworks Trail.
Find out more about visiting Moine Mhor NNR.
- Spot dragonflies lingering over pools in the bog.
- Explore the trails through bogland and woods.
- Watch out for osprey fishing along the river.
- Look out for roosting hen harriers in winter.
Find out more about the reserve and its natural history.
Visit our Events page to see what upcoming events you can get involved in at this reserve.
Reserve manager: Heather Watkin
Scottish Natural Heritage
1 Kilmory Industrial Estate
Telephone: 01546 603611
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