Blawhorn Moss NNR
Following our holiday nature club sessions I interviewed the children to find out what they enjoyed best (and what they didn’t). These are some of their answers.
What activity did you enjoy the most?
- Taking photos of all the animals and the things we did,
- Climbing trees,
- All of it,
- Games like bat and moth, hide and tig and dracula,
- Learning about all the wildlife at Balwhorn and in the Beechbrae pond and things,
What was the worst thing?
- Climbing the dead tree (scary),
- Having to be interviewed by you,
What activity at Blawhorn did you enjoy the most?
- Being a responsible adult (Alex was given this responsibility when they were playing on their own).
- Pond dipping (in stream next to Blawhorn – also carried out at Beechbrae)
Favourite creature / plant found at?
- Bits of a dead bird (!)
- Butterflies (mainly on walk to and from the Moss),
- Sundews – sucking midges dry!
Beechbrae (all found in the pond)
- Newt tadpole
- Ramshorn snails,
- Big frog (found in fruit cage),
Would you like to lead a guided walk for friends and family around Blawhorn Moss?
After a short pause while the children thought about it there was a tentative yes. When asked what could the children tell their friends and family the ideas started to come. These were mentioned:
- The story of the steading (remains of farm building in middle of Moss where the Hinshaw family lived)
- The origin of the word bog meaning soft.
- Moth trap and moths
- Bog plants (sundews, heather, rushes, star moss, sphagnum) and their uses.
- Measuring the depth of peat in the bog with the poles and working out how old it is (1mm of peat grows a year so every 1m is 1000 years of peat deposited).
And finally Emily won the award for quote of the summer, uttered when someone else found a bit of a bird skeleton: ……Ohhh, I want a body part!