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The best overcoat in the world

Flanders Moss NNR Last week we set our first moth trap of the season at Flanders Moss. The cold weather has curbed our enthusiasm a little so when I went to check the traps I didn’t have much hope. So … Continue reading

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A natural stream breaking out of a man-made one

Loch Lomond NNR A recent walk along the Mar burn on the Loch Lomond NNR showed that it had been a busy winter. The Marr burn is dead straight where it runs across the reserve. Apparently it is the work … Continue reading

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Wetter and colder than hoped for

Flanders Moss NNR The weather has been a bit of a discussion point recently. It has been all over the place – snow, sleet, icy winds, heavy showers, drizzle, with occasional intervals of warm sun. Wardrobe decisions have been tricky. … Continue reading

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Wigglers and squigglers – the lesser known pond life

Flanders Moss NNR A closer look at our ponds may reveal much more life than we originally thought were residing in these little pools. If you’ve visited Flanders recently, along with plenty of the familiar whirligig beetles and pond-skaters, you … Continue reading

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Fencing? No, fencing!

Flanders Moss NNR Over the past few weeks we have been revisiting the same site for an ongoing fencing project. On the west side of Flanders is a lovely meadow that is home to a very rare plant – the … Continue reading

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Snow and a cotton grass glow

Flanders Moss NNR The weather has been bonkers this past week. Snow, in May? Even for Scotland, that’s impressive! But soon we will a different kind white blanket on Flanders – the cotton grass is beginning to transition from flower … Continue reading

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The in-between land

Loch Lomond NNR Last week we were visiting the in-between land. A trip out to some of the islands on Loch Lomond for a couple of tasks and while Bethia and Steve cracked on with the scientific monitoring work (see … Continue reading

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Going the extra mile for more water.

Flanders Moss NNR Knowing Flanders Moss’s past is important so we can understand why it is like it is now. Part of its history were the efforts put in to try to get rid of it. For 100 years landowners … Continue reading

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Foggy dawn chorus

Flanders Moss NNR It is #Internationaldawnchorusday today. And to celebrate it I made my annual early morning pilgrimage to Flanders Moss to bath in it. It is that combination of early morning with the place to yourself, the smug feeling … Continue reading

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Ladybirds of the Bog

Flanders Moss NNR When you think of a Ladybird, what do you picture? I’m going to assume you’re not thinking of one of our female feathered friends. Oh, you are? OK… Well, the kind of Ladybird I’m thinking of is … Continue reading

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