Langlands Moss

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Langlands Moss: Heather is dominant over much of the site, in most cases alongside hares tail cotton grass. There are a number of Sphagnum species present, with an abundance of the mosses in the central areas. Sphagnum is a very important moss. It can soak up more than eight times its own weight in water and they produce chemicals which increase the acidity of the water and further prevent the decay of dead plants. This means that the dead remains of the sphagnum mosses pile up and get pressed together to eventually form the soil we know as peat. This is a very slow process. It can take from 7000 to 10000 years to produce a layer of peat 7-10 metres thick. Common cotton grass and round leaved sundew become more frequent towards the margins. The most obvious insects to be found at bogs are huge dragonflies.

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Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, Strathclyde, Scotland, Great Britain, UK, Europe
Langlands Moss Lnr, Langlands Moss Local Nature Reserve


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