Highfield Moss

A real hidden gem on the outskirts of Lowton, near Wigan and for at least the past 160 years the home to a colony of Marsh Gentians. See page 36 of Buxton’s Botanical Guide: Original text

Unfortunately Baguley Moor the only other colony Buxton referred to within Greater Manchester became part of the largest council estate in western Europe.

Marsh Gentian

Marsh Gentian

Marsh Gentian and Hoverfly

Marsh Gentian and Hoverfly

Marsh Gentians

Marsh Gentians

Western Gorse

Western Gorse

Sundew

Round leaved Sundew

Sundew in Flower

Sundew in flower

Common Fumitory

Common Fumitory in wheat

In addition to the Gentians there was also Round leaved Sundews, Western Gorse, Heath Groundsel, and Common Fumitory. Birdlife included Yellowhammers, Linnets, Corn Buntings, House Martins and Swallows.

2 Replies to “Highfield Moss”

  1. Fascinating post and amazing images. Although I’m pretty local I’ve never been here but I’m going to now! Looks lovely… Can I ask a question though, I’ll need somewhere to park up – is it clamp free safe to park at the pub? Don’t wanna get anyones back up! lol

    Appreciate any advice. And thanks for this page – cannot wait to go now!
    Steve

    1. Hi Steve thanks for your comments I’ve never had any problems parking at the pub but I do wonder at times. It’d be good if it was open more often during the daytime so we could call in for a brew after walking on the moss.

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