Goss Moor is a National Nature Reserve in Cornwall, located in the parishes of St. Dennis, St. Columb Major, Roche and St. Enoder. It is the largest continuous mire complex in South-West Britain and consists of mainly Peatland and Lowland Heath. Together with the neighbouring moor to the east, it forms the Goss And Tregoss Moors Site of Special Scientific Interest as well as Breney Common and Goss and Tregoss Moors Special Area of Conservation.
Scarce or rare species
It is home to a number of scarce and rare species including:
- yellow centaury (Cicendia filiformis), marsh clubmoss.
- small red and variable damselfly.
- Silver-studded Blue, Marsh Fritillary, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Grizzled Skipper
- narrow-bordered bee hawk and double line.
The River Fal rises here and flows into the English Channel at Carrick Roads. The A30 road once ran through the middle of Goss Moor. This has been a major bottleneck in the county and has been subject to a long running campaign for expansion which has been strongly opposed. In late 2004 a decision was finally reached and the dual carriageway running around the moor was opened on 25 June 2007. Much of the existing road is now converted to a cycle lane which opened on 11 May 2008. The Atlantic Coast railway line also crosses Goss Moor.
- "Goss And Tregoss Moors". Natural England. 1988. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
- "Breney Common and Goss and Tregoss Moors". Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
- Southall, E. J.; Dale, M. P.; Kent, M. (September 2003). "Spatial and temporal analysis of vegetation mosaics for conservation: poor fen communities in a Cornish valley mire". Journal of Biogeography 30: 1427–1443. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2699.2003.00924.x. ISSN 0305-0270. Retrieved 2008-08-25.
- "A30 Goss Moor Briefing". Cornwall Friends of the Earth. Retrieved May 23, 2007.
- "Moor dualling plans get go-ahead". BBC. 2004-11-29. Retrieved May 23, 2007.
- "New Multi Use Trail at Goss Moor". Natural England. 2008-05-06. Retrieved 2008-08-25.[dead link]
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