Goss Moor NNR (Mid Cornwall Moors LIFE Project)

Introduction

Goss Moor NNR is the largest survivng remnant of the Mid-Cornwall moors. Its rich history spans from the legendary hunting grounds of King Arthur, to a record in the 1086 Domesday Book as part of the manor of Tremodret.

Between the 11th and 19th centuries the site was mined for tin, and later sand and gravel from the 1930s to the 1950s.

A visitor cycle trail has been put in place, so that people can better experience the site.

Description

Goss Moor NNR is situated in a relatively flat valley basin, which forms the headwaters of the River Fal. It contains areas of dry and wet heath, mire, fen and open water, and a diverse mix of wildlife habitats.

Restoration Delivered

  • Scrub clearance - in particular willow and gorse; much is physically cut and removed, but controlled burning is also sometimes used if conditions are right in late winter
  • Cattle grazing to prevent scrub from returning to cleared areas.

Biodiversity

Some of Cornwall's rarest vascular plants can be found on the site, such as the nationally scarce yellow centaury, marsh clubmoss, cornish moneywort and pillwort.

29 butterfly species have been recorded, including marsh fritillary. There are also 18 species of dragonflies and damselflies, including the nationally scarce small red damselfly and the variable damselfly. Dormice reside in the grassy open areas and in the areas dominated by willow. Otters are nocturnal visitors, as are roe deer.

{"zoom":12,"lat":50.3933062,"lon":-4.8844584,"markers":{"0":{"lat":50.3933062,"lon":-4.8844584}}}

Project Name: Goss Moor NNR (Mid Cornwall Moors LIFE Project)

Organisation / Lead partner: Natural England

Location: Saint Austell, Cornwall

Approximate area covered: 702 ha

Conservation Status: Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Special Area of Conservation (SAC), National Nature Reserves(NNR)

Predominately: Lowland

Peat Habitats: Lowland heath

Useful Downloads:

Green Recovery Challenge Fund
Applications open for second round of Green Recovery Challenge FundThis £40million fund will once again support projects across England to restore nature, tackle…
Peatland Code logo
IHS Markit to Launch Global Carbon Credit Meta-RegistryThe first global meta-registry aims to provide transparency and efficient tracking, accounting and…
Nature Recovery Plan
Nature’s recovery can create 7,000 new jobs in ScotlandNew research from leading Scottish environment charities shows that backing their plan for nature’s…
The Extraordinary Story of Peat and Carbon
New short animation explores the extraordinary story of peat and carbonExploring the extraordinary quantities of carbon locked up on millennial timescales within peatland…
February newsletter: winter edition
IUCN UK Peatland Programme Newsletter: Winter Edition 2021Read the latest IUCN UK Peatland Programme newsletter.
The West Cavan Bog Association Site
Eyes on the Bog: The West Cavan Bog Association SitesTwo new Eyes on the Bog sites have been established by the West Cavan Bog Association, in Fartrin…
IUCN UK PP Conference
Reflections from the 10th IUCN UK Peatland Programme ConferenceThe 10th annual IUCN UK Peatland Programme conference was delivered online for the first time, with…
UK GHG inventory
Peatland addition to the UK GHG inventory adds 3.5% to national emissionsThe end of January saw the long awaited, formal inclusion of peatlands in the UK GHG emissions…
Peatland Code update
Peatland Code updateInterest in the Peatland Code continues to grow and the team are experiencing increased demand for…
Shetland Peatland Restoration
Getting out to the bog in ShetlandAn innovative solution to accessing a Peatland Restoration site in Shetland.
Heather burn (C) North Peninnes AONB
Defra announce plans to prevent burning of vegetation on protected blanket bog habitats.Today’s announcement from Defra that the government plans to bring forward legislation to prevent…
Deforested bog 2 years post treatment
ScottishPower Renewables winter 2021 peatland restoration activityScottishPower Renewables (SPR) have completed 1267ha of deforested bog restoration using their “…