Author Archives: David Pickett, Reserve Manager

21 mm of peat and not doing an Elvis

Stirling NNRs Usually I get to write this for someone else, but this time it is for me. I always said that I didn’t want to do an Elvis and die on the bog, so having started at Flanders Moss … Continue reading

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The helpfulness of a long-distance lorry driver and other people

Flanders Moss NNR One of the latest volunteer work parties was a double whammy, cutting the Flanders Moss wildflower meadow in the car park and the improving of the dragonfly pond by the boardwalk. Not only did our merry band … Continue reading

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Flanders Moss NNR, the next 40? – 7000 years a bog – 40 years an NNR

Flanders Moss NNR Flanders Moss recently celebrated its 40 year as a National Nature Reserve, though it has been around for 7000 years. With COP26 due to start shortly and a climate and biodiversity crisis ongoing this anniversary seemed to … Continue reading

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Setting foot on Flanders – 7000 years a bog – 40 years an NNR

Flanders Moss NNR Flanders Moss recently celebrated its 40th year as a National Nature Reserve, though it has been around for 7000 years. With COP26 due to start shortly and a climate and biodiversity crisis ongoing this anniversary seemed to … Continue reading

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Trees or no trees? – 7000 years a bog – 40 years an NNR

Flanders Moss NNR Flanders Moss recently celebrated its 40 year as a National Nature Reserve, though it has been around for 7000 years. With COP26 due to start shortly and a climate and biodiversity crisis ongoing this anniversary seemed to … Continue reading

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Raising water levels – 7000 years a bog – 40 years an NNR

Flanders Moss NNR Flanders Moss recently celebrated its 40th year as a National Nature Reserve, though it has been around for 7000 years. With COP26 due to start shortly and a climate and biodiversity crisis ongoing this anniversary seemed to … Continue reading

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Flanders Moss rewilded by water – 7000 years a bog, 40 years an NNR

Flanders Moss NNR Flanders Moss recently celebrated its 40 year as a National Nature Reserve, though it has been around for 7000 years. With COP26 due to start shortly and a climate and biodiversity crisis ongoing this anniversary seemed to … Continue reading

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Last glimpse of the year?

Flanders Moss NNR While meandering across the Moss the other day I cam across this rather beautiful chap. I had a feeling that I might find one as the sun had come out and the air was quite warm so … Continue reading

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Slow starting autumn

Blawhorn Moss NNR and Flanders Moss NNR Autumn is making its appearance at our reserves but this year is seems to be very slow and gradual. At Flanders the surface of the bog is gradually turning, the patch work of … Continue reading

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Swallow, skylark, pinkie, GANNET!?

Flanders Moss NNR It is that weird transition time at Flanders when you are out looking at birds and you see the overlapping shifts of the bird inhbaitants. On Thursday the walk around the boardwalk felt very odd. A small … Continue reading

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