Blawhorn Moss NNR
Blawhorn Moss has quite a low profile in the suite of NNRs so it was really exciting to find myself in the Scottish parliament on Tuesday night talking to a wide range of people about this special place.
SNH had been invited, with Ally and Sammy from Beechbrae (more info here) to a Parliamentary reception hosted by the Central Scotland Green Network Trust (more info here) to celebrate the 2018 Year of Young People and showcase some of the work done with young people in the central belt area. Over the last year, in partnership with Beechbrae, we have been involving children from Blackridge and Armadale in outdoor learning in various ways at Blawhorn and the Beechbrae woods. Using the moss and woods with the P6 class from Blackridge primary (here), entering and winning the camera trapping competition with the P6s (here) and running the Bogridge Guides summer nature club (here) are just some of the things we have been getting up to and so it was great to be able to talk to people about it. In fact most of the talking was done by 4 of the children from these activities, Cody, Emily, Ellie and Alan, who came along to tell people what they had learned and what was the most fun. While in the parliament building they were whisked off for a quick tour of the debating chamber and got to sit in Nicola Sturgeon’s chair – just to get the feel for it in case one of them might like to take over in the future!
For me it was great to hear the very impressive Mairi Gougeon, Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment give a short talk about young people’s contribution and to briefly meet Gail Ross and Mark Ruskell, both MSPs doing great things for the environment at the moment, and the chance to put Blawhorn Moss on the map.