Pow Hill Bog

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Pow Hill Bog
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Derwent Reservoir and Pow Hill Country Park - geograph.org.uk - 71963.jpg
Pow Hill Country Park and Derwent Reservoir
Country England
Region North East
District Wear Valley
Location NZ009518
 - coordinates 54°51′41″N 1°59′12″W / 54.86139°N 1.98667°W / 54.86139; -1.98667Coordinates: 54°51′41″N 1°59′12″W / 54.86139°N 1.98667°W / 54.86139; -1.98667
Area 6.7 ha (16.6 acres)
Notification 1986
Management Natural England
Area of Search County Durham
Interest Biological
Map of England and Wales with a red dot representing the location of the Pow Hill Bog SSSI, Co Durham
Location of Pow Hill Bog SSSI, Co Durham
Website: Map of site

Pow Hill Bog is a Site of Special Scientific Interest in the Wear Valley district of County Durham, England. It lies alongside Derwent Reservoir, approximately 2 km north-west of the village of Edmundbyers and adjacent to the Edmundbyers Common portion of the Muggleswick, Stanhope and Edmundbyers Commons and Blanchland Moor SSSI.

The site contains two types of mire, a valley mire and a soligenous mire, the former a scarce habitat in County Durham. There are also areas of heathland and semi-improved grassland, as well as small plantations of larch and spruce.[1]

The wetter parts of the valley mire are characterised by an abundance of bog mosses, Sphagnum spp, in association with species such as common cottongrass, Eriophorum angustifolium, star sedge, Carex echinata, and bog asphodel, Narthecium ossifragum. The drier areas are heathland, with heather, Calluna vulgaris, hare's-tail cottongrass, Eriophorum vaginatum, cross-leaved heath, Erica tetralix, and common sedge, Carex nigra.

The soligenous mire is characterised by sharp-flowered rush, Juncus acutiflorus, and purple moor-grass, Molinia caerulea. Several local species are also present, including narrow-leaved buckler-fern, Dryopteris carthusiana, lesser skullcap, Scutellaria minor, and grass of Parnassus, Parnassia palustris.

The site is located within the Pow Hill Country Park, a recreational area managed by Durham County Council.


  1. ^ "Pow Hill Bog" (PDF). English Nature. 1986. Retrieved 31 July 2010.