Kirkcowan Flow

Located approximately seven miles south-west of Galloway Forest park, Kirkcowan flow is predominately an area of blanket and basin bog. It is notable for its mix of bog and rocky outcrops which give rises to a varied range of habitat types, including surface patterning with Feathery bog moss hollows.

Extensive Sphagnum carpets have formed on the bog at Kirkcowan Flow, giving rise to areas of patterned surface ridge and pool systems which gives the bog some level of resilience to year-on-year weather changes.

Kirkcowan Flow

CANN Works

Over the lifespan of the project, the CANN team will be working on producing a Conservation Action Plan for Kirkcowan Flow, 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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