Author Archives: David Pickett, Reserve Manager

The best overcoat in the world

Flanders Moss NNR Last week we set our first moth trap of the season at Flanders Moss. The cold weather has curbed our enthusiasm a little so when I went to check the traps I didn’t have much hope. So … Continue reading

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A natural stream breaking out of a man-made one

Loch Lomond NNR A recent walk along the Mar burn on the Loch Lomond NNR showed that it had been a busy winter. The Marr burn is dead straight where it runs across the reserve. Apparently it is the work … Continue reading

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Wetter and colder than hoped for

Flanders Moss NNR The weather has been a bit of a discussion point recently. It has been all over the place – snow, sleet, icy winds, heavy showers, drizzle, with occasional intervals of warm sun. Wardrobe decisions have been tricky. … Continue reading

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The in-between land

Loch Lomond NNR Last week we were visiting the in-between land. A trip out to some of the islands on Loch Lomond for a couple of tasks and while Bethia and Steve cracked on with the scientific monitoring work (see … Continue reading

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Going the extra mile for more water.

Flanders Moss NNR Knowing Flanders Moss’s past is important so we can understand why it is like it is now. Part of its history were the efforts put in to try to get rid of it. For 100 years landowners … Continue reading

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Foggy dawn chorus

Flanders Moss NNR It is #Internationaldawnchorusday today. And to celebrate it I made my annual early morning pilgrimage to Flanders Moss to bath in it. It is that combination of early morning with the place to yourself, the smug feeling … Continue reading

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Staring at fence posts

Flanders Moss NNR I have recently spent a day staring at fence posts on the Moss. The reason why is detailed in a separate blog post here. But if put to someone that this is what they are going to … Continue reading

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From god to pot and back again

Flanders Moss NNR The nature reserve experience at Flanders Moss starts before you get to the car park as often in the fields either side of the access track there are interesting things to be seen. A few days back … Continue reading

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Meet the Nutjobber

Flanders Moss NNR When walking recently in Ballangrew wood last week on the west side of Flanders the noise of what sounded like a small boy with trumpet started up above me. Looking up and there was a Nuthatch in … Continue reading

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The ospreys are back

Loch Lomond and Flanders Moss NNR In the last week it looks like there has been a rush of ospreys returning. After a long winter it is great to have birds appearing on both Flanders Moss and at the Loch … Continue reading

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