Golden bog moss (sphagnum pulchrum) is a nationally scarce type of peat-forming sphagnum moss. With only one other recorded sighting in Lancashire, this new discovery has caused great excitement amongst peatland and nature lovers alike.
Its name comes from its golden colour that creates a splash of bright amongst the other green and brown peatland mosses and other plants.
Winmarleigh Moss Site of Special Scientific Interest, located near Garstang, is one of the best examples of our region’s just two per cent of remaining lowland raised peat bogs. Lancashire Wildlife Trust have been working to restore the site, and the discovery of golden bog moss is a great sign that things are moving in the right direction.