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Bog festival celebrates wetlands
Bowness Common
Bowness common is home to numerous peat bogs
Rare wetland habitats in Cumbria are being celebrated with a "bog festival".

The week-long Festival of the Solway Mosses will highlight threats to peat bog areas around the Solway.

The event will see a host of activities to highlight the value of a habitat often described as a being as threatened as the rainforests.

Cumbria's peat bogs are home to rare species including insect-eating plants, spiders, butterflies and birds such as skylarks, curlew and snipe.

'Fantastic places'

Eric Robson, chairman of Cumbria Tourism, which is supporting the festival, said: "Lowland bogs are one of the scarcest and most precious wildlife habitats in Europe and we are incredibly fortunate to still have so much of this irreplaceable landscape in Cumbria."

RSPB spokesman Norman Holton added: "Peat bogs are fantastic places, not just full of wildlife but full of history too.

"The Festival of the Solway Mosses is a great chance to come and find out all about what goes on here and have a fun time with the family."

The festival has been organised by the RSPB, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Natural England.

The festival runs until 19 August.

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