Get up to Brown Moss and look for some sphagnum
Sphagnum moss can hold up to 26 times its dry weight of water and was used as wound dressings in the World Wars to mop up blood from wounded soldiers. It was also used for nappies. It is 3-4 times more absorbent than cotton and has antiseptic properties. Discover this amazing plant for yourself.
Sphagnum is a common species on wetlands and mosses. It is an indicator species for classification of these habitats and one of the best sites to find it on in Shropshire is Brown Moss.
Brown Moss is one of Shropshire’s most interesting sites for plants, with over 200 species of wild plants, including the rare Floating Water Plantain. With its marshes, pools, heathland and woodland, a great variety of wildlife flourishes here, including great spotted woodpeckers, jays, and common and great crested newts. In the summer, large numbers of froglets can be seen making a mass exodus from the pools, whilst dragonflies are glimpsed hunting around the ponds and woodland edges. Because of its wildlife interest, Brown Moss is designated as a Local Nature Reserve, Site of Special Scientific Interest, Special Area of Conservation and RAMSAR site.
There are several reasonably level, well defined circular walks, most of which require stout footwear or wellingtons. Parking is available on site.
For more information about sphagnum moss visit the Wildlife Trust webpage.