Author Archives: Ceris

Lessons from the bog

A year ago, I set off to Skomer to start work as Assistant Warden – rucksacks packed, farewells said, brimming with excitement and nerves, with 8 months on a small island stretching ahead. The pandemic, of course, is no respecter … Continue reading

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Treasure!

Loch Lomond NNR Walking back along Loch Lomond’s eastern shore after our most recent WeBS count, my eye was caught by a small round shape amidst the silt and reeds. It was a little too regular to be a pebble … Continue reading

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Silver linings

Flanders Moss NNR On a cold January evening, the team assembled at the Flanders Moss for our first hen harrier count of the new year. These counts have tended to be on the soggier side, and this was no exception … Continue reading

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Spud power

Flanders Moss NNR During lockdown, the rhythm of the reserve week has changed. Our Wednesday work parties are on pause for now, and in the absence of our stalwart volunteers we have been reflecting upon how much they contribute to … Continue reading

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Duck, crunch, splash!

Loch Lomond NNR Site patrols this week took us to Gartfairn Wood, a strange, waterlogged world of tangled branches and fallen trees. There’s no such thing as a direct route through Gartfairn. Turn left to avoid a fallen willow, sprouting … Continue reading

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How I wonder what you are…

Flanders Moss NNR A few weeks ago, when monitoring out on one of the more remote sections of Flanders Moss, we came across a peculiar substance on one of the bog’s mossy hummocks. White, translucent and gelatinous, it is one … Continue reading

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The year’s threshold

Flanders Moss NNR The days are getting lighter. The winter solstice has passed – on the tower at Flanders Moss we saw the sun rise and set on the shortest day, though in typically uncooperative style it was grey from … Continue reading

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Midwinter dawn chorus at Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond NNR Last week we had an early start counting geese at Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve. We had rather better weather than on our last goose count, which was immortalised in verse by Bethia as having consisted of: … Continue reading

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A bog is for life, not just for Christmas!

Flanders Moss NNR We recently set out for a wintry squelch onto Flanders Moss in search of Christmas trees. Along the way, we found reindeers, elves and stars… of a fashion. In the video below, Bethia leads us for a … Continue reading

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Hair of the log

Flanders Moss NNR On a recent misty, frosty morning trip onto the bog for monitoring of conifer regeneration, we spotted a white, candy-floss like ice formation growing from a piece of dead wood. This strange and beautiful phenomenon is known … Continue reading

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