Dubbs Moss

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Dubbs Moss: Today three main habitats are present. The western part of the nature reserve is covered by relatively recent birch woodland. The shade cast by the trees, combined with the wet ground, give ideal conditions for mosses and ferns to flourish. Male fern, hard fern and narrow buckler fern and a variety of mosses thrive here. Moving east, the woodland opens out into fen grassland with yellow iris, meadowsweet, valerian, angelica, common spotted orchid and devil's-bit scabious. Further east the ground rises towards the providing drier conditions. The grassland here is quite different with early purple orchid, cowslip, knapweed and betony. Hawthorn scrub, encrusted with many different lichens, has also become established.

The variety of habitats makes the nature reserve interesting for birds. Most of the common species of tit can be seen in the woods and the rarer willow tit also breeds here. Warblers including whitethroat, blackcap, chiffchaff, willow, garden, grasshopper and sedge return each year from Africa to breed. Roe deer are seen on the nature reserve quite frequently.

There is a waymarked circular path around the reserve (1.3km/0.8 miles)

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From Cockermouth take the A5086 towards Egremont. Turn right for Eaglesfield then take the first track on the right signposted Moorland Close. Turn right again and keep going until you reach a junction.


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