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Wild Flower Discovery Walks - Flowers Of Moorland And Bog

  • North York Moors National Park

Yorkshire Coast Nature are excited to bring you these new events celebrating the amazing colour and diversity of our home county. Each day is a journey of discovery, an opportunity to explore a new landscape and its native plants. from the wild uplands to lush lowland wetlands. Each of the six walks is led by an expert guide from YCN. Our relaxed learning environment will ensure you learn a lot and have fun. These walks are suitable for beginners and intermediate levels of knowledge. 

Flowers of Moorland and Bog

Fen Bog is a unique habitat in the North York Moors; a valley mire where the peat reaches a depth of an incredible 18 metres in places. The mire sits in steep-sided moorland valley, formed at the end of the last Ice Age when glacial meltwater thundered through on its way to Lake Pickering, which we now know as the Vale of Pickering. Fen Bog is also the site of characteristic Victorian ambition- in the 1830’s a railway was built over the bog, with tree trunks and sheep’s fleeces being used to float the track on the bog’s surface. The line is still in use as a heritage line, and so we may see a steam train or two during our visit!

The hydrology of Fen Bog is very unusual, and has led to the mire being home to both acid-loving plants and those that require an alkaline substrate. Because of this, the floral diversity of the site is incredibly rich, and in turn so is the range of wildlife that uses it. On our day exploring, we will see many interesting, and sometimes quirky plant species, such as Round-leaved sundew, Lousewort, Cotton grass, Butterwort and Bog Myrtle. We will also take a look at some of the more elusive plants, such as the sedges and sphagnum mosses.  The site will also be alive with invertebrates and we should be able to spot a number of butterflies including the small pearl-bordered fritillary.

Date:  3rd July 2022. Please book on the date below

Meeting Place: Fen Bog Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Reserve. Car parking here is free of charge. A meeting Place map will be sent by email after your booking

What you can expect on one of our Wild Flower Discovery Walks:

  • A professional and local expert guide with lots of enthusiasm and knowledge
  • A small group ensuring a high-quality experience 
  • A fun packed day with exciting locations, wildflower ID tuition and opportunities for photography
  • Your booking makes a difference for wildlife; YCN will donate 20% from our income on these walks to a local conservation project

Wild Flower Discovery Walks - Flowers of Moorland and Bog

Richard Baines PGdip MCIEEM YCN role: Company Director and Birding/Wildlife Guide Qualifications: National Diploma Land Use and Recreation, Post Graduate Diploma Environmental Conservation Profession al Membership: Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) Personal… Read More »

Wild Flower Discovery Walks - Flowers of Moorland and Bog

Claire Bending BSc Hons   YCN role:  Botanist/Wild Flower Walks Guide Qualifications: BSc Hons Agriculture Personal Profile: A Westcountry girl who used to think York was in East Anglia, Claire spent a free-range childhood exploring the downs and woodlands of West Dorset and completely took for… Read More »