Kirkconnell Flow is an impressive example of an ancient raised bog, one of the most threatened habitats in the world. The huge expanse of peat is spread out below you as you drive up Whinnyhill on the Dumfries to New Abbey road or walk the trails of Mabie Forest. The moss, as it is known locally, provides a very special place of escape from the pressures of everyday life.
On the peat dome the bog plant communities are well developed, dominated by sphagnum mosses with carpets of cotton grass and other characteristic plants such as cranberry and bog rosemary. The peatland is still being restored to ensure the special plants and wildlife dependant on raised bog can thrive here.
This wonderful mix of shady wood, soft shrubby edges and open space provides a home for a diverse range of species from roe deer to adders to dragonflies. The site has some notable inhabitants including nightjar, cuckoo and the rare six-spotted pot beetle.
To reach the reserve, take the A710 New Abbey road out of Dumfries. Passing the entrance to Mabie Forest which lies on a sharp left bend, take the next turning on the left. This is Kirkconnell Avenue. The reserve entrance is 300m on the left.
There is parking for cars and bikes. Public bus service runs hourly from Dumfries to New Abbey but infrequently on Sundays.
From the car park there is a circular walk through the deciduous woodland. At its eastern edge the Scots pine fringe gives way to the open area of peat bog. If you venture along the old timber extraction route onto the main moss mind your step, the surface is uneven, the old logs are slippery when wet and the bog surface is full of hidden holes.
- Car park
- Picnic Benches/Tables
- Wildlife viewing
Mabie, nr Dumfries, National DG2 8HD