Red Moss of Balerno, on the edge of the Pentland Hills, is the only raised bog in the City of Edinburgh. The deep peat layer has accumulated over thousands of years. In summer and autumn, the peatland is covered in a blanket of pink-purple heather, sundews, ragged-robin and Sphagnum mosses.
- Peatland plants
- Damselflies and dragonflies
Best time to visit?
- May to Aug for peatland plants
- May to Aug for dragonflies
Dragonflies and damselflies can be spotted darting around and the damp peatland habitat is ideal for frogs, toads and newts.
A circular boardwalk leads around the reserve.