Camosun Bog is ideal for scientific
studies because of its small size and location close to UBC.
CBRG is carrying out a number of studies on the bog.
- We have compiled a twenty-year
data base on water levels in the bog measured at
- Photographs have been taken at
fixed locations in the bog every year for fifteen years
to see long-term changes in vegetation.
- Observations have been made of a
new variant of oval-leaf blueberry found only in Camosun
Bog that has dark red berries rather than dark blue
- A detailed study of bog vegetation
was made in 2003 on the same 10mx10m plots used by Dr
Audrey Pearson in 1984. The deterioration of the bog in
the 20 year period can be clearly seen in the
non-restored areas, whilst the improvement in the
restored areas is dramatic.
- We have assisted two UBC faculty
members (Sally Hermanson and Dr Graeme Wynn of the
Department of Geography) in a historical GIS study of
Camosun Bog, showing the progressive deterioration of the
bog from 1920 onwards and the restoration starting in
- We are working with Shona Ellis of
the UBC Botany Department to identify the species of
sphagnum moss found in the bog. Surprisingly 13
species have been found, a remarkable number given the
small size of the bog. We are also studying the species
moss found in thebog
We are always happy to assist students
and faculty from UBC and other institutions and encourage
research projects in the bog.