Author Archives: David Pickett, Reserve Manager

What is happening to the orchids?

Flanders Moss NNR Ballangrew meadow is a small area of grassland on the western edge of Flanders that isn’t actual bog but is wet grassland that transitions through fen and into the edge of the peat bog. Many years ago … Continue reading

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Flanders from up high – the viewing tower is now open

Flanders Moss NNR The iconic viewing tower is now open at Flanders Moss after being closed during lockdown. Unfortunately it had been vandalised again with people forcing entry to get around the locked door and also some graffiti appeared. To … Continue reading

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Mown desert or meadow magic

Flanders Moss NNR Its is National Meadows Day today (see here) . Flower-rich meadows are a part of our countryside that has been lost or damaged more than nearly any other habitat. When you look across the Carse of Stirling … Continue reading

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Moth magic and more – National Insect Week

Flanders Moss NNR Back out working on the reserves and we had some essential fence repairs to sort out at Flanders Moss. By the end of the day the fence was sheep proof but that wasn’t all that was achieved. … Continue reading

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Let out the hutch

Stirling NNRs After being given authorisation by SNH managers, the Stirling NNR team are very pleased to be able to start work back on the reserves. It has been a long time since we have spent some quality time on … Continue reading

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The good and bad of lockdown

Stirling NNRs The last three months have been very unusual times and have given us an opportunity to reassess so many of the values that we have in life. Now with restrictions gradually being lifted it is possible to look … Continue reading

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Beef on the bog

Flanders Moss NNR There are actually 10 different landowners of Flanders Moss. SNH only own about 12% of the peatland area, the rest of the nature reserve is managed in partnership and agreement with land owners. One such partner is … Continue reading

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Geocaching at Flanders Moss – what people have to say

Flanders Moss NNR Peggy McCann, a regular contributor to the blog, writes about geocaching at Flanders and what people who have visited Flanders because of this have to say about it: Over the past two years my friend, David Sibbald, … Continue reading

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Thornhill Photography Competition

Flanders Moss NNR News below of a Thornhill photography competition. By my estimate Flanders Moss (or at least the east end of it) is within the 3 miles radius so all those photographers out there this might be worth a … Continue reading

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Emeralds and heaths return

Flanders Moss NNR A quick life enhancing visit to Flanders Moss on Friday to check the visitor facilities revealed that the wildlife of the bog definitely approves of the restoration work we have been carrying out on the moss. A … Continue reading

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