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Mossdale

This site is the smallest in scale with each sub-catchment covering about 10 ha of blanket bog. It is E facing and located at about 380 m a.s.l. The site is the wettest site and is mostly covered by heather-dominated blanket bog with considerable sedge and Sphagnum presence in places and some extensive rush coverage in the lower stream sections. Peat is mostly intact and of a depth of mostly about 1.5 m. However, there is some localised erosion, particularly along the steeper slopes. The site shows the highest density of past drainage ditches (from the 1960/70s), which have mostly been naturally infilled. Elsewhere the site has undergone restoration with filling in all remaining ditches in 2014/15.

The site has been under long-term burn rotation in both sub-catchments.

The catchment is part of a private shooting estate.





Control and Treatment catchment