Cockinhead Moss

Although a relatively small active raised bog, Cockinhead Moss is one of the largest remaining raised bogs in west-central Scotland, and supports a dynamic growth of typical Sphagnum bog mosses such as Blushing bog moss.

Cockinhead Moss is small active raised bog, and holds additional significance because part of the marginal lagg fen survives. This fen habitat supports tall fen vegetation including sedges and rushes, as well as the bog which supports a range of Sphagnum mosses.

Cockinhead Moss

CANN Works

Over the lifespan of the project, the CANN team will be working on producing a Conservation Action Plan for Cockinhead Moss, and generating an up-to-date habitat map for the site. These documents will both be used to inform conservation decisions and management strategies, with an overall aim to guide the site towards a favourable conservation status.


Sphagnum is the name given to the group of mosses that carpet the ground on bogs, marshes, heaths and moors. These spongy mosses are a vital component of the creation and continuation of peat bogs as they store water and prevent the decay of dead plant material. It is this non-decayed plant material which gets compressed over hundreds of years eventually forming peat. Sphagnum mosses come in an amazing variety of colours, and grow very closely together forming dense coverings on the bog surface, even creating 'hummocks' - large mounds of moss up to a metre high.
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