Walk 5 - Our Silent Eco-Hero: Sphagnum Moss

  • DATE: Friday 3 February 2023

  • TIME: 10.30 

  • START LOCATION: Shortheath Common Car Park, Oakhanger


  • DISTANCE: short


Sphagnum moss is found in peatlands and other wetland, acidic habitats across the UK, including our own locally-unique, lowland heathlands. Here they mix in with other specialist plants including cotton grasses, heathers, bog cranberry, & sundews. However, there is so much more to Sphagnum moss than meets the eye. In fact, it is a climate change challenging, flood fighting, biodiversity boosting superhero! From an ecological point of view it’s a bit of a wonder plant, that receives very little recognition for all it does. Perhaps by joining this walk you can pass on your thanks to this soft, squishy mass of goodness. 

Walk Key

Please look at the festival website ‘Information’ page to understand the walk key, what to wear, advice on medical information, weather plans, arriving before the scheduled departure time etc before deciding if you would like to join this walk.

Walk Pace


Walk Grade

Mainly flat walking, on paths with good surfaces

Dogs on Lead Welcome

Walk Leader

The Heathlands Reunited project brings together 12 organisations to help protect and enhance the Shortheath Common Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and the Wealden Heath Special Protection Area (SPA). These sites sit on the boundary of the South Downs National Park. The project’s aim is to protect the species found in the SPA (particularly the Dartford Warbler, European Nightjar and Woodlark) and to promote the heathland so that people look after it responsibly and sustainably. Heathlands are often popular areas for recreation activities such as running, horse-riding, cycling and dog walking. The project informs, engages and involves local communities to use their heathland in a responsible way and protect them for future generations.