Author Archives: David Pickett, Reserve Manager

Our wonderful volunteers

Stirling NNRs With the latest announcements from the Scottish government we are having to call a halt on our volunteer activity on the Stirling NNRs. We are hoping that it is only for a few weeks and they will be … Continue reading

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A bog laboratory

Flanders Moss NNR Flanders Moss is one of the biggest and best bogs in the UK. Scientists have been interested in it for a long time and many research projects have been carried out here. Being close to Stirling Uni … Continue reading

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Good week, bad week

Stirling NNRs The Stirling NNRs team have had a difficult last 7 days so let’s play good week, bad week. Bad week Yesterday at Flanders Moss we found that over the weekend someone had decided to drive their very large … Continue reading

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Peatland Heal Thy Self

Flanders Moss NNR For hundreds of years huge efforts were made to get rid of Flanders Moss as it was viewed as worthless land. As its value was gradually appreciated the efforts turned to healing the past damage, namely blocking … Continue reading

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Maximum biodiversity minimum disturbance

Flanders Moss NNR Last week we were cutting gorse on the western edge of Flanders Moss. The gorse is spreading in Ballangrew Meadow and threatening some of our special wildflower areas including where the rare and declining lesser butterfly orchid. … Continue reading

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How to grow a bog

Flanders Moss NNR and Blawhorn Moss NNR Have you ever wondered how the raised domes of peat that make up Flanders Moss and Blawhorn Moss developed? This short video, below, from the IUCN Peatlands website is really good in clearly … Continue reading

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Autumn legstretcher

Flanders Moss NNR It looks like it will be a nice spell of weather this weekend. Better than the previous few weeks. So a great time to get out and sample autumn. You might have seen other National Nature Reserves … Continue reading

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Under the radar in Aladdin’s garden

Loch Lomond NNR There are some species on the reserves all year round and you barely give them a glance until, at a particular moment in the season you suddenly can’t tear your eyes from them. They might go under … Continue reading

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Roaring stags, winking geese

Flanders Moss NNR It can be really good to break up your daily routine and try something different. We mostly visit the reserves during the working day but a visit at first or last light can bring you in contact … Continue reading

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Flanders Moss Beef on TV

Flanders Moss NNR Flanders Moss featured rather nicely last week on BBC Scotland Landward. Nick Nairn visited West Moss-side farm and talked to its owner Kate Sankey about her organic Shetland cattle herd that grazes the edge of Flanders. There … Continue reading

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