Author Archives: David Pickett, Reserve Manager

Rewilding NatureScot collegues

Blawhorn Moss NNR There is a saying (in our team anyway) that “before you judge a nature reserve you should walk a mile in its wellies”. There is only so much you can glean from screen and paper and to … Continue reading

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Secret heroes

Stirling NNRs You will have seen a few rants over the years about the dumping of rubbish and litter across the Stirling NNRs. But this post is actually about the other side of the story. It seems that we have … Continue reading

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A sublime emerald experience

Flanders Moss NNR David McCulloch, photographer, Flanders Moss dragonfly counter and one of our fantastic volunteers, tells about how he finally caught up, after a lot of searching, with our rarest of dragonflies on Flanders: Can you restore a damaged … Continue reading

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Going up river for an unproductive day

Loch Lomond NNR Last week we spent another day at loch Lomond on the boat. We felt very different from the blizzard of gin palaces, speed boats and jet skis that were churning around the loch as we had a … Continue reading

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Flanders Moss on the radio

Flanders Moss NNR Last week we were delighted to welcome Mark Stephen from the BBC Scotland radio programme Out of Doors. Mark and his co-presenter and partner in crime Euan McIlwraith have visited Flanders a few times before and their … Continue reading

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The best thing about bogs

Blawhorn Moss NNR and Flanders Moss NNR On International bog day it is worth thinking about just why bogs are special and why so many people visit to enjoy our 2 peatlands. Well it might be the amazing wildlife you … Continue reading

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Counting dragons and damsels at Flanders Moss NNR – David McCulloch

Flanders Moss NNR We are very lucky to have David McCulloch, one of our volunteers, monitoring dragonflies at Flanders Moss NNR. Working with the British Dragonfly Society (see here) David set up a transect around the boardwalk at Flanders Moss. … Continue reading

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Northern emeralds are going for it at Flanders

Flanders Moss NNR. Its dragonfly week (more info here) so a perfect time to mark that Flanders Moss NNR, a BDS dragonfly hotspot, is getting better for dragonflies. A walk around the boardwalk gives a great chance to see a … Continue reading

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Bringing moths and people together – the Moth Kota

Loch Lomond NNR Our NNR partners at Loch Lomond, the RSPB, have a very interesting project running at present on their part of the NNR. The Moth Kota, created by artist Hannah Imlach working with a group of reserve staff, … Continue reading

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Interesting Flanders birds

Flanders Moss NNR Flanders Moss is not normally a place for twitchers to hang out. As a wildlife site for birds it is too big and inaccessible to draw many bird watchers as you have a long walk in tough … Continue reading

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