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A winter walk at Flanders

Flanders Moss NNR Last week the team strode out onto the moss to conduct some general monitoring of the reserve. One of many crisp winter days to come, it provided a fantastically scenic experience for the Stirling team. And since … Continue reading

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Where have the hen harriers gone?

Flanders Moss NNR Our second hen harrier count of the year took place last week – a much drier and brighter session than our first (see Ceris’ blog post “Winter Visitors to Flanders Moss”), but sadly, just as unfruitful a … Continue reading

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A goosey goosey gander

Loch Lomond NNR Sometimes, wildlife counts take place in beautiful sunshine. Sometimes, you get unbelievable views of what you are hoping to see. Sometimes, the red squirrel comes right to your feeder, the bee lands right on your jacket, and … Continue reading

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A recovering of tree covers

Blawhorn NNR Walk, cycle or drive past any area where new trees have been planted and you cannot fail to notice that their emerging trunks tend to be encased in green tubes. These are tree covers, and they provide protection … Continue reading

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Dreich yet dramatic deer counts

Ben Lui Nature Reserve Sometimes our team must travel a little further afield for their work. Though Ben Lui is not a NatureScot NNR, it is a reserve that we historically owned and managed. This means that, even now, we … Continue reading

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Happy Hallowe’en!

Flanders Moss NNR If you venture out onto Flanders Moss, beware the centre of the bog. For here you will find a small and unassuming loch. But as darkness falls and the mist rolls in, who knows what may be … Continue reading

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To tree, or not to tree?

Flanders Moss NNR Across the world, in the wake of the climate crisis, a key action used to combat global temperature rises is tree planting. Because trees are fantastic. Not only do they help reduce carbon levels, they can help … Continue reading

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A Beginner’s Guide to Flanders Board Walk

Flanders Moss NNR Take a stroll across Flanders and you cannot fail to notice the prominence of our bog’s namesake, carpeting the ground in multiple shades of green, gold and red. But what is it beyond a name? And why … Continue reading

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Lizards Laying Low

Flanders Moss NNR While clearing the bog of encroaching tree saplings, one of our team stumbled across a rather sleepy little scaled fellow! At this time of year, lizards will be hunkering down to hibernate underground through the winter. This … Continue reading

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Introductions (One of Two)

Stirling NNRs David has kindly introduced us, but we (Ceris and I) figured you may also like a little personal hello, and a bit of background as to what has brought us to the Stirling NNR team. My name is … Continue reading

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