ForestHarvest: non-timber forest products in Scotland
GATHERING - Harvesting Guidelines
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Text of the Scottish Moss Collection Code leaflet:
The countryside is a working environment. Please be aware of your own safety and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. It is an offence to uproot any wild plant without the permission of the landowner, therefore, in accordance with the law and as a matter of courtesy, make sure you receive permission before collecting moss. Commercial harvesting requires an agreement with the landowner.
Where to collect
Mosses can be gathered from conifer plantations.
How to collect
Mosses should be collected by hand.
Leave patches of moss so that it can re-grow, only collecting half of what is present.
Please do not collect from the same patch for at least 5 years, this will allow time for the moss to recover.
What to collect
Mosses that form a mat on the ground (weft forming mosses) are least vulnerable, such as: Hylocomium splendens, Pleurozium schreberi, and Pseudosceropdium purum (click on the name for an image of each species - images are copyright Scottish Natural Heritage).
It is illegal to collect certain mosses which are protected by law.
This guidance was created by a group representing the interests of conservation organisations, land managers and moss harvesters and buyers.