The Murrins Nature Reserve
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Set amidst the broad sweep of The Sperrins, The Murrins had their origins in the late Glacial ...
Set amidst the broad sweep of The Sperrins, The Murrins had their origins in the late Glacial period, when retreating ice sheet dammed a lake into which rivers brought vast quantities of sediment which were deposited in a series of deltas.
Supports a rich Heath vegetation dominated by Bell Heather which is home to Red Grouse. Its dry ridges extend out like a delta into a sea of blanket bog, itself only some 4,000 years old. Turf cutters have unearthed the remains of a Bronze Age Field Network under the Bog, established at a time when the climate was different and growing qualities of soil quickly became exhaustive . Perched among the glacial moraines are several small kettle holes (lakes) where Mallard, Teal and Peral Grey Lag Goose frequent.