Why the gap?

Flanders Moss, NNR

If you have recently visited Flanders within the last couple of days you will have noticed a large gap where there used to be some willow trees at the entrance. They have now been removed. This was one of the many tasks on the volunteer list of jobs to complete this winter.

IMG_5726Coppicing the willow in rotations brings many benefits. The willow surrounding the car park as you enter the reserve has been split into four sections and every second year one of the sections will be cut. The third section has now been removed to the right hand side of the entrance which has allowed more light to enter the path.

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Harvesting the willow plays a crucial role in creating new habitats for butterflies and birds and with the increase in sunlight other species will be able to thrive until the willow grows back.

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If you would like to come along to any of the volunteer events and help with conservation and habitat restoration then please get in touch. The team always welcome new people.

Email: STIRLINGNNRS@snh.gov.uk

 

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