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Shortheath: Cranberry on the Mire

Shortheath: Cranberry on the Mire

Shortheath Common is Special Area of Conservation due to its impressive ‘floating’ transition mire, which serves to encourage a more diverse range of flora and fauna  than the other heathland sites.

Thriving around the site are flowering water crowfoot and insectivorous sundew but it is also covered by the cranberry vaccinium oxycoccos which is rarely found in the south of England. 

The Sandstone Sculpture found here reflects the watery nature of the common, holds water and is designed so that will change over time with its surroundings.

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"The Downs...too much for one pair of eyes, enough to float a whole population in happiness."