Scavenging and collecting

 Flanders Moss NNR

A politician recently said that ‘austerity was the mother of invention’. Well, we have both on the Stirling NNRs but they are not connected in any way: we have been working under austerity for a while but have always had to be inventive and creative in the way we work. As an example, on Friday Amee and I went out onto Flanders Moss to scavenge and collect.

Last year 2 bridges were replaced to enable better access for quad bikes that would help extraction of deer carcasses amongst other things . The remains of old bridges were left on site and rather than waste them we went out to pick over the remains and bring back as much wood as we can reuse. We have some smaller foot bridges to put up on another part of Flanders to get visitors across ditches and wet bits and these bits of wood can be reused by our volunteers to make good crossings at minimal cost.

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Once we had collected up the wood we then filled our lunch boxes with seeds heads from an small area of wildflower grassland. These we can scatter onto the wildflower meadow that we are developing at the Flanders Moss car park. Creative, effective and low cost working.

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