Scottish Natural Heritage manage three wet nature reserves across central Scotland. There is a small team of staff and a larger number of volunteers that put the work in to keep these reserves in good state for the wildlife and in good state for visitors.
This blog will tell the story of these special sites, the work that is involved in looking after them and the fantastic wildlife that lives there.
One of the two bogs in Flanders Moss NNR, an 860 ha lowland raised bog, one of the largest and least damaged in the country that is a wet, wild landscape that is home to many rare and declining species. For the most it is a flat, wet, hard to get around site but that has a growing number of fans that sample its joys from an easily accessible boardwalk and viewing tower.
The other bog is Blawhorn Moss NNR. This smaller peatland lies close to Edinburgh and makes an ideal escape from the metropolis. A short boardwalk takes visitor out onto the bog while keeping their feet dry and lets them enjoy the tranquility of this hidden gem.
The swamp is the mainland part of Loch Lomond NNR set around the mouth of the Endrick Water. This wet grassland and woodland site is one of the most diverse reserves in Scotland. It has an amazing flora and is home to a wide range of birds summer and winter. But it is so wet that when the loch rises in the winter a large part of the reserve can go under water.
And the islands are 4 small islands in the south end of Loch Lomond. These wooded jewels, Torrinch, Creinch, Clairinch and Aber Isle, can only be visited under your own steam by boat or canoe.
2 bogs, a swamp and some islands can all be a bit difficult to explore so this blog will aim to bring them to you if you can’t get to visit them yourselves.