A small fragment of Mossland (raised bog) located near Rainford, Merseyside.
Holiday Moss is a small nature reserve located near Rainford, Merseyside.
The site contains a small fragment of mossland (raised bog) which used to form part of the much larger Kings Moss/Holiday Moss mossland which used to cover over 50ha. Sadly only a few fragments of this mossland now remain with the rest having been turned into a landfill site.
As well as the adjacent landfill site, back in the late 1800’s the site was an active coal mine, and to this day 3 mine shafts along with spoil heaps can still be seen. The site at some point was also peat extracted. As a consequence Holiday Moss now contains a mixture of different habitats including mossland, woodland, fen and open water habitat. These support a wide range of species including the Black Darter Dragonfly, Brown Hare, Common Lizard, and Reed Buntings. As well as these species the moss is only the second site in Merseyside which supports Bog Myrtle a fragrant small shrub found on mosslands. The leaves of Bog Myrtle have been used to make insect repellent and to brew Bog Myrtle ale.
Unfortunately due to legal issues outside the Trust’s control the site can not currently be accessed by the general public at the present time.