Author Archives: David Pickett, Reserve Manager

A birds-eye view of Flanders Moss

Flanders Moss NNR Flanders Moss is striking from the air. She wears her scars very obviously, any historic activity shows up in changes in water table and so also change in vegetation. This was one of the reasons why we … Continue reading

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Spring has taken wing and is on its way

Flanders Moss NNR In the depth of winter any sign of Spring is welcome. By following the link to the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) website here, you will see that Spring is definitely on its way. Our cuckoos have … Continue reading

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The science behind bog restoration – a short film

Blawhorn Moss NNR and Flanders Moss NNR Here is an excellent short film that explains the science behind why we have been spending so much effort trying to rewet and restore the bog habitat at Flanders and Blawhorn Mosses. Keep … Continue reading

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Disappearing white-fronts

Loch Lomond NNR Regular readers get to hear about our monthly winter goose roost counts and the trials and tribulations involved (see here, here and here for examples). But you might wonder why we have to go to such lengths … Continue reading

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Not much happening

Flanders Moss NNR Not much happening here. Just a fabulous day on Flanders Moss. Beautiful weather – bright, crisp, still. Fantastic colours. Wildlife all around –┬ápink-footed geese in the background, roe deer in the foreground. Breathtaking landscape. Stunning mountain backdrop. … Continue reading

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Splitting bog-mosses

Blawhorn Moss NNR and Flanders Moss NNR What better way to start the New Year than with a bit of proper science. A key bog-moss or Sphagnum moss on Flanders Moss is Sphagnum magellanicum or Magellanic bog-moss – so called … Continue reading

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Bird invisibility cloaks

Flanders Moss NNR I stopped the other day on the road running just east of Flanders to have a look across a flock of geese feeding there. If I can I always stop to scan groups to see if there … Continue reading

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