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A year in the life of a NatureScot student placement

After 14 months, 6 changing seasons, one national lockdown, two bogs, a swamp, some islands and too many of Dave’s terrible dad jokes to count, it’s all over. Last month I very sadly said goodbye to the Stirling NNRs as … Continue reading

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BioBlitz!

Blawhorn Moss NNR This summer Blawhorn Moss NNR grew in size! We reached an agreement with a local landowner to manage a new part of the reserve, which expanded the NNR by 20 hectares. This new piece of land included … Continue reading

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A mixed year for ospreys

Loch Lomond NNR & Flanders Moss NNR Since their natural return to Scotland 66 years ago, breeding ospreys have gradually spread and established across the country. They are particularly successful around Loch Lomond and the Trossachs owing to the huge … Continue reading

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Boardwalk safari

Flanders Moss NNR Flanders Moss is a really special place, home to some amazing wildlife. If you’ve never visited the reserve before you might like to find out what kinds of plants and animals you can expect to see on … Continue reading

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Caroline’s back!

Flanders Moss NNR Caroline the giant wicker curlew is back from her winter hibernation and is looking as beautiful as ever with a few additional fresh green willow highlights. She was created by the kids of Wallace High School and … Continue reading

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Keep calm and carrion

Keeping up our moth obsession, the NNR team have been continuing with our Monday morning moth trapping. The trap remains an endless source of excitement and intrigue and this weeks haul did not disappoint! Along with some gorgeous wee moths, … Continue reading

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Island treasures

Loch Lomond NNR Though not the most accessible of our NNRs, the islands on Loch Lomond are definitely one of the wildest places on our reserves. These rarely-visited islands offer stunning views across the loch that few people without their … Continue reading

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Monitoring the moss

Flanders Moss NNR Flanders Moss is one of the wettest bogs around thanks to the successful restoration of much of the damaged peatland. However, there are still parts of the moss that are considered to be degraded bog habitat as … Continue reading

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Our volunteers are back!

Now we’re able to get back to work on the three NNRs, we’re starting to tick off the list of maintenance and habitat management jobs that were steadily building up during lockdown. We are absolutely delighted to have the help … Continue reading

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Who said moths can’t be cute?

Flanders Moss NNR You might have noticed a distinct mothy theme to the blog recently as the NNR team have become slightly moth obsessed. We’ve been moth trapping on Flanders Moss to monitor the assemblage of rare moth species there … Continue reading

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