After being given authorisation by SNH managers, the Stirling NNR team are very pleased to be able to start work back on the reserves.
It has been a long time since we have spent some quality time on these special sites, with only fleeting health and safety visits to sustain us through the past 14 weeks so we are all champing at the bit to get back out there.
There is a very long list of jobs for us to get on with, these tasks being just a few – dealing with the invasive non- native plants at Loch Lomond, tidying up the visitor facilities at Blawhorn Moss and Flanders Moss, filling in the pot holes on the Flanders track, patching up collapsing fencing at Flanders and picking up what monitoring work we can in the remains of the season.
All this work will be carried out with enhanced hygiene procedures and socially distant which creates challenges in itself. We hope also to be able to start working with our fantastic team of volunteers soon, we are certainly going to need some help with some of the tasks. And talking of fantastic volunteers we would like to say thank you those local people and volunteers who kept a close eye on the reserves while we couldn’t visit them. It is so good to have loyal and committed people helping out in trying times, the reserves would be much poorer without them.
So if you see us out and about feel free to stop us for a social distant chat and we can tell you what we are seeing and what work is ongoing.