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Bog Ecosystems

Key Features:   Bogs are a type of wetland characterized by acidic environments and low nutrient levels. Species of sphagnum moss are important indicator species of bog ecosystems. Trees do not do well in a bog. Only stunted examples of hardy forest species manage to invade the bog.


In Stanley Park
Stanley Park's bog ecosystems

Shore Bog
One of Stanley Park's smallest living landscapes preserves a remnant of the post-glacial landscape that existed at the end of the last Ice Age. A special type of bog, a shore bog is located along the southwest margin of Beaver Lake. It provides a refuge for hardy shrubs and non-woody plants that have survived the spread of forests across an ice-free continent. This small bog is one of Stanley Park's most delicate, and beautiful ecosystems.

Two species of woody shrubs, a group of hummock forming mosses, and one type of carniverous plant make this not just a unique, but one of Stanley Park's most ecologically sensitive landscapes. Within the an area not much more than one hectare lies a 'lost world'; the hidden world of the shore bog.

I strongly recommend that only visitors on 'guided walks' visit this special area of Stanley Park.
Contact the Stanley Park Ecological Society ( SPES ) for information about the shore bog and guided walks.

The Bog Community
Shore Bog Shore Bog


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