Blackmoor lies in the historic lead mining district of the Mendip Hills and is important for its archaeology and ecology alike. The reserve’s habitats are diverse and include metal-rich spoil, pools, streams and wet woodland. Numerous bryophyte species are found here, some of which are rare elsewhere in Somerset.
Grimmia donniana grows in abundance on lead-rich vitreous slag and is found nowhere else in the county. Other specialities include Ptychomitrium polyphyllum, Cephaloziella stellulifera and Lophozia excisa. Plagiomnium ellipticum and Fissidens adianthoides are frequent in wet ground and willow carr is rich in epiphytes, including Colura calyptrifolia and Orthotrichum striatum.
Meet in the small reserve car park at the end of a no-through road from the outdoor activities centre in Charterhouse at ST505556. Welly boots would be useful.
Leader: Sharon Pilkington