Flushes

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Flushes are areas where water from underground flows out onto the surface to create an area of saturated ground, rather than a well-defined channel.

Flushes can be areas of open, stony ground with only sparse plant cover or have a complete and often dense cover of flowering plants, usually sedges or rushes, with mosses and liverworts forming a ground layer under this canopy.

Where are they found?
There are flushes all over the country although the total number has never been counted or surveyed.

What can you find living in a flushes?
Flushes support a wide variety of wetland plants, and a surprising variety of invertebrates which can live in the very shallow, vegetated and waterlogged conditions.

Why are they important?
Flushes support a range of endangered mosses and liverworts, and uncommon smaller animals.