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 two-weekly intervals.
  • 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 ones.
  • 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 1997.
  • 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 of polytrichum 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.