Blanket bog is dominated by several species of bog mosses called Sphagnum. They grow to form lawns and hummocks coloured brown, orange and green. The fluffy seed heads of cotton-grass speckle the land with white in summer, while heathers add a splash of purple in late summer.
The only nutrients supplied to the soil arrive with the rainfall and so are scarce. Sundews are carnivorous plants that supplement their diet by catching insects on sticky hairs. Sundews can form dense carpets around bog pools, turning the banks bright red. These bog pools are home to a wide variety of insects, particularly dragon- and damselflies, which can be found flitting over the bog pools in summer. Golden ringed and Black Darter dragonflies can be found at bog pools all over the National Park.
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