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A winter walk at Flanders

Flanders Moss NNR Last week the team strode out onto the moss to conduct some general monitoring of the reserve. One of many crisp winter days to come, it provided a fantastically scenic experience for the Stirling team. And since … Continue reading

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Where have the hen harriers gone?

Flanders Moss NNR Our second hen harrier count of the year took place last week – a much drier and brighter session than our first (see Ceris’ blog post “Winter Visitors to Flanders Moss”), but sadly, just as unfruitful a … Continue reading

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The curious incident of the empty nest

Flanders Moss NNR Whilst cutting gorse the other day, we came across a small treasure tucked away amidst the spines: a mossy green nest with a small entrance hole. Birds don’t nest on Flanders Moss at this time of year, … Continue reading

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Volunteers vs bog invaders

Flanders Moss NNR There are invaders on the bog. Quietly, they have taken root and, gradually, they are spreading. They may be small, but they are determined. But they will not spread unchallenged. Up against them: the Flanders Moss volunteers. … Continue reading

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A goosey goosey gander

Loch Lomond NNR Sometimes, wildlife counts take place in beautiful sunshine. Sometimes, you get unbelievable views of what you are hoping to see. Sometimes, the red squirrel comes right to your feeder, the bee lands right on your jacket, and … Continue reading

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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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Chasing rainbows

Flanders Moss NNR It’s been a soggy old autumn on the bog, with the team rarely out of waterproofs and wellies. We’ve become intimately acquainted with the different types of rain, from fine smirr to heavy downpours. But every now … 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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