Author Archives: Bethia Pearson

Firsts and farewells

Stirling NNR’s And just like that, it was over. Well, not over. Just different. From today I will be trading in two bogs, a swamp and some islands for…a loch and some islands. Loch Leven, to be more precise, as … Continue reading

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Come out to nature

Stirling NNRs In June 1969, in New York City, black trans women and other LGBTQ+ people stood up to police oppression in what would come to be known as the Stonewall riots. 50 years later, Pride is still acknowledged in … Continue reading

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Getting comfortable with spiders

Stirling NNRs Over the years I’ve developed an interest in the often overlooked invertebrates of Scotland. So when Buglife hosted a series of free online webinars earlier in the year which focused on invertebrate identification (the recordings for which you … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Damming!

Blawhorn Moss NNR After spending a few days this winter conducting peat depth surveys of the newly acquired section of Blawhorn Moss, we learned that this area is far more peat-rich than expected, with up to 4 metres of peat … Continue reading

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Pond Watch Weekend

Flanders Moss NNR This weekend is the anniversary of British Dragonfly Societies’ Pond Watch: an event born out of the 2020 lockdown as a way to bring the wonderful world of ponds to those unable to visit one. This year, … Continue reading

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Whittle while wasps work

Blawhorn Moss NNR On a beautifully sunny Saturday at Blawhorn Moss, it was a joy to hear and see all the life surrounding us. Winter and spring felt quite quiet on Blawhorn. Being situated at a higher altitude than Flanders, … Continue reading

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Greggs, buckie and bait

Loch Lomond NNR Today was a monitoring day. We set out by boat along the River Endrick to check that, for the fourth year running, giant hogweed still remains absent from our reserve. The sun was shining, the birds were … Continue reading

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An unsuspecting invasive

Flanders Moss NNR Continuing the theme of our invasive non-native species (INNS) week, up next we have a far sneakier and unsuspecting species to tackle. Yellow azalea is a member of the rhododendron family – Rhododendron luteum, to get specific. … Continue reading

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#NoMowMay – Delicious Dandelions

Flanders Moss NNR A weed is defined as “a plant growing where it is not wanted”. Pretty generic, right? The rarest, most beautiful plant in the world could be classified this way. If one particular gardener does not want one … Continue reading

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World Bee Day

Stirling NNRs Today is World Bee Day. A day to bee thankful for everything that our busy little buddies do for their ecosystems – and for us! With the Flanders Moss wildflower meadow beginning to bloom, we’ve started to see … Continue reading

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