Commonhead Moss LNR

7. Commonhead Moss LNR – NS695658

Commonhead Moss was  designated in 2009. It is located in the north east of the City, close to the city boundary.

It is the largest area of degraded raised bog remaining in Glasgow. The drier edges of the bog are fringed by birch woodland and wet heath habitat. Typical bog vegetation that can be found here includes patches of Bog Moss (Sphagnum sp.) and scattered Bog Rosemary, the only site in Glasgow for this rare plant. The bog is also a haven for a range of insects including dragonflies and damselflies, which breed in the bog pools, and the rare Green Hairstreak butterfly in the birch scrub.

Commonhead Moss – copyright Jim Coyle

An access path has been constructed through the Moss – from close to Allnach Place (NS 691658) to Commonhead Road (NS 697657). This not only allows public access to the Moss but also helps link Bishop Loch LNR and Drumpellier Country Park.

Guided walk participants – copyright Jim Coyle

On the attached map, Commonhead Moss LNR lies to west of the M73  and north of Commonhead Road. There are two  footpaths in the area. One which runs from the area of bare ground east of Allnach Place through the Moss to Commonhead Road, just west of the bridge over the motorway. The second, just east of Allnach Place, runs north to Lochend Road and thereafter Bishop Loch LNR.