Carsegowan Moss in Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland is one of the best remaining bogs which once formed a large area of peatlands along the Solway. Cranberry, bog asphodel, cross-leaved heath, common and hare’s tail cotton grasses grow within the eight or more species of sphagnum. Raven, buzzard and barn owls may be seen hunting throughout the year. Two osprey platforms have been erected on the reserve.
Carsegowan Moss is east of the A714, about 3 miles north of Wigtown and 4 miles south of the A75 roundabout from Newton Stewart.
It took me some time to find the small track into the car park area close to Carsegowan Moss and was helped with directions by a local man who lived in the area and was cycling back to his home. He was very interesting as he told me the history of the area and explained that all the old abandoned brick buildings were old Ministry of Defense munitions buildings used during the war as this area had been set up as a bomb making site. The raw materials were brought in by a small railway line then transported by horses to the various out buildings for processing.
Walking through the marked trail towards the conservation moss area a number of heavy concrete buildings could be seen in the woods; obviously heavily fortified because of the high explosives being handled.
At the edge of the large extensive moss a wooden platform had recently been built to allow visitors to view the ospreys which were nesting in a large tree in the moss. This was a wonderful experience to watch these birds in their natural habitat. There were two adults and two baby ospreys and we watched the male bird fly in bringing food for the young.
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We visited the site for the first time today having lived in the area for 3 years. What a tonic seeing ospreys within 20 miles of our home, we are between Whithorn and the isle of Whithorn we also saw and heard a female cuckoo which years ago would have been commonplace but now is a rare treat. Thanks for the information on the bombs too what an ethereal place.
Paul and Sue