Walton Moss

Site details

UK map showing location of Walton Moss Special Area of Conservation/Site of Community Importance.
Location of Walton Moss SAC/SCI/cSAC
 

Note:

When undertaking an appropriate assessment of impacts at a site, all features of European importance (both primary and non-primary) need to be considered.

Annex I habitats that are a primary reason for selection of this site

7110 Active raised bogs  * Priority feature
A largely intact raised bog of roughly rectangular shape, with an arm of mossland protruding westwards from the south-west corner. The peat spills over from the main basin, forming blanket mire, and as such it is classified as an intermediate bog. Some peat-cutting has taken place in the south-east and south-west of the moss, lowering the surface by about 1.5 m. Most of the mire expanse remains very wet and drainage is restricted to the edges.

Sphagnum bog with lawns, hollows and mounds is present across the central mire expanse, which occupies most of the site. Bog-moss species present include Sphagnum magellanicum, S. capillifolium, S. papillosum and S. tenellum as hummocks; S. cuspidatum and S. recurvum in hollows. Higher plant species include bog-rosemary Andromeda polifolia, cranberry Vaccinium oxycoccos, round-leaved sundew Drosera rotundifolia and white beak-sedge Rhynchospora alba; heather Calluna vulgaris and cross-leaved heath Erica tetralix are locally abundant; birch Betula spp. is occasional.

7120 Degraded raised bogs still capable of natural regeneration
A largely intact raised bog of roughly rectangular shape, with an arm of mossland protruding westwards from the south-west corner. The peat spills over from the main basin forming blanket mire, and as such it is classified as an intermediate bog. Some peat-cutting has taken place in the south-east and south-west of the moss, lowering the surface by about 1.5 m, and it is here that the bog is degraded. This predominantly active bog is surrounded by rough pasture, and there may be up to 149 ha of archaic peatland surrounding the site on thin blanket peat.

The degraded areas tend to be dominated by purple moor-grass Molinia caerulea with common cottongrass Eriophorum angustifolium and the bog-moss Sphagnum cuspidatum colonising pools. In drier areas a bog heath community is present with moribund heather Calluna vulgaris dominating. Small areas of birch-dominated woodland or scrub are present around the margins of the site. Rush pasture is also present on the margins, with species such as the rushes Juncus effusus, J. conglomeratus, J. acutiflorus, J. squarrosus and M. caerulea.

Annex I habitats present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for selection of this site

Not applicable.

Annex II species that are a primary reason for selection of this site

Not applicable.

Annex II species present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for site selection

Not applicable.


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