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Butterburn Flow

This remote site is the largest of the Border Mires, at 450 ha, and has good patches of greater sundew and many interesting sphagnum moss species. The reserve is one of three sites that represent the transition between hummock-hollow mire and true patterned mire.

It contains large intact areas dominated by bog mosses, including sphagnum mosses, cross-leaved heath and cranberry. Several species of local and rare plants include greater sundew, tall bog sedge and few-flowered sedge. Peregrine, dunlin, curlew, meadow pipits and skylarks can often be seen. The site is managed in partnership with Forestry Commission.

Nearby nature reserves

Butterburn Flow
1 miles - Cumbria Wildlife Trust
The Border Mires
6 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Falstone Moss
6 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

12km north of Gilsland on the Cumbria/Northumberland border
Map reference
NY 673 763
Best time to visit
Jul - Sep
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450.00 hectares

Walking information
There are no paths on site, and rivers in the area rise rapidly in heavy rain.
Car parking on roadside near the River Irthing bridge
Dogs must be on lead
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Reserve manager
Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Tel: (0191) 284 6884