Rare 'goblins gold' discovered at High Peak nature reserve

There has only been ten sightings of 'goblins gold' Schistotega Pennata on record in Derbyshire. Photo: Sam Willis.
There has only been ten sightings of 'goblins gold' Schistotega Pennata on record in Derbyshire. Photo: Sam Willis.

Goblins gold has been found down a rabbit hole at a High Peak nature reserve.

The unusual type of moss glows from dark crevices like rabbit holes – reflecting light back in semi-darkness, just like cat’s eyes.

It is the first time Schistotega Pennata has been found at Long Clough Reserve, which is located between Hayfield and Chisworth, near Glossop, and only the tenth sighting on record in Derbyshire.

A spokesperson for Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, who manage the reserve, said the 'gem' could also be found at its Overdale Nature Reserve, near Bradwell.

"It can be found elsewhere in the UK and the world with interesting associated myths as you might imagine from the name," they added.

"Like every good legend, once it is brought out into daylight it loses its magic and to the untrained eye is just a bit of green on a stone!"