Gordon Moss

Gordon Moss is a birch woodland growing on an area of peatland. Orchids and other wild flowers flourish in these conditions. The Trust only looks after the eastern side of this site. 

Although there is no maintained path, this quiet reserve is a good place to study Sphagnum mosses, butterflies, reed buntings and brown hares.

Brown hare © Bob Coyle

Why visit?

  • Wildflowers
  • Butterflies
  • Mosses

Best time to visit?

  • Apr to Aug for wildflowers
  • Apr to Aug for butterflies

Visit for:

  • Butterflies
  • Peatlands
  • Wildflowers
  • Woodlands
  • Birdwatching


Take the A6105 west (towards Earlston) from Gordon, about 0.3 miles past the Greenknowe Tower. Look out for a left turn onto a track that leads to Gordon Moss. About 20m along the track there is small parking space for a couple of vehicles.

Getting onto the reserve

Gordon Moss lies to the south of the car park. There are no maintained paths on the reserve, so waterproof footwear with a good grip is recommended.

Getting round this reserve

There are no maintained paths on Gordon Moss and care must be taken when walking on this wet peatland site. Footwear with a good grip suitable for wet, muddy conditions is advisable.


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