Mochrum Lochs

Located between Mochrum Loch, Black Loch and Castle Loch, this lowland site in south-west Scotland is one of the best examples of blanket bog in the Dumfries and Galloway. The site has a small but actively growing area of blanket bog. The lochs which surround it are also the best examples of lowland oligotrophic waters in the area.

Unlike other similar peatland sites which would be typical of this area, the surface features on Mochrum Lochs are largely flat rather than the hummocks and hollows which would be considered more commonplace in this type of habitat. Vegetation is dominated in places by Sphagnum mosses, with a range of plants typical of healthy bog growth also occurring on site.

Mochrum Lochs

CANN Works

Over the lifespan of the project, the CANN team will be working on producing a Conservation Action Plan for Mochrum Lochs, 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.


Bog rosemary is a beautiful evergreen foliage which briefly flowers in pink to white blossoms during late spring. The species is in decline and is typically confined to central Britain and Ireland. Whilst this species bears a strong resemblance in appearance to the herb Rosemary, the two are not related. Bog rosemary should not be consumed as it lowers blood pressure and may cause respiratory problems amongst a number of other unpleasant side-effects.
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