This is a very loose tern when applied to the Commons but strictly meaning an area of high water-table with a non-flowing acid content. For the purpose of this website the term 'bog' refers to those areas designated II and V. The dominant plant is Black Bog Rush and typically among the tussocks can be found Marsh Orchids, Grass of Parnassus, Butterwort and both Round-leaved and Great Sundews. A typical bog indicator is the presence of ‘Bog moss’ (Sphagnum) and in recent years the number of species and their distribution has declined, similarly Cotton Grass, once common as all but disappeared. Shrubs and trees such as Willow, Ash and Gorse are all beginning to encroach and practical conservation action is ongoing to maintain the open aspect of the habitat.
Keeled Skimmer dragonflies, Bog Bush Cricket and the Mother Shipton moth are among some of the more interesting inhabitants of this area.
Mother Shipton moth