Whitlaw Mosses is an extremely rich and diverse series of basin mires. It has a remarkably diverse sedge flora including, amongst many others, Carex paniculata, C. diandra (Greater and Lesser Tussock-sedge), C. lasiocarpa (Slender Sedge) and Carex limosa (Bog-sedge).
The Moffat Hills with rocky slopes and screes, boreal heath and flushes have been known for a long time to support small populations of montane species not found elsewhere in the Southern Uplands. Woodsia ilvensis is the most celebrated of these and will be seen.
The main area to be visited is an upland ridge SE of Laurencekirk. A considerable part remains uncultivated, and holds a variety of plant communities notably calcareous grasslands, mires and wet heath. Past botanists took little interest in these modest hills, being more attracted to the nearby St Cyrus coast or taller mountains further west.
Leader: Jim McIntosh Joint with BSBI. Holyrood Park’s dramatic hills and crags give Edinburgh its distinctive skyline. They also provide grassland habitats for a remarkably diverse and interesting flora.