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Drumburgh Moss Nature Reserve

Drumburgh Moss is a place which is alive with the sounds and sights of the Solway Coast Area of Natural Beauty.

That’s particularly striking on a warm summer’s day, when the bog is alive with the noise of dragonflies, lizards and birds. Curlew, red grouse, adders and roe deer are its usual inhabitants.

But this is somewhere that can be enjoyed at any time of year thanks to a viewing platform which is accessible from waymarked trails. From the winter frosts to the springtime blooming of the bog’s plantlife, through to the colours of the autumn.

The wildlife is exceptional. See geese in the winter, short eared owls in the autumn and skylark and reed buntings in the spring.

This Cumbria Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve is a site of international importance. It is made up of a broad expanse of raised mire, bogs which have become threatened habitats due to man’s influence and environmental pressures.

Getting here…

Head west from Carlisle on the B5307 or take the same road east from Silloth and Abbeytown. Drumburgh Moss is reached by a long unsurfaced road from Drumburgh Village. Find the reserve by turning south off the road in the middle of the village. Follow this track about 800 metres, crossing a cattle grid, where a small car park and a Cumbria Wildlife Trust information board direct you onto the moss.

Facilities

  • Free parking – access is via a rough track
  • Network of waymarked trails
  • Information boards

Did you know…?

Ponies and longhorn cattle are used to manage this landscape through grazing.

Look for…

The boggy pools which are a haven for dragonflies.