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Plastic on our NNRs #1

Since the release of Blue Planet 2, we have all become more aware of plastic in our lives. More than ever before we are thinking about how we use plastic on a daily basis, how it enters our marine and … Continue reading

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Willow Coppicing

This week we have mostly been cutting willows. At the entrance to Flanders Moss near the car park there is a program of rotationally coppicing the willows (and as I found out after everyone had gone home; the Birch). The … Continue reading

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Andy Stewart visits Loch Lomond NNR ?

Loch Lomond NNR We have been doing some sorting of files in the office. It is a fascinating insight to our reserves and gives an idea of the changes in reserve management that have happened over the 60 years. But … Continue reading

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Standing out in the crowd

Flanders Moss NNR Thousands of pink-footed geese use the fields around Flanders during the winter. Each year I scan through them when I get the chance to look for any unusual goose species that might have tagged along with the … Continue reading

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Planning for pollinators

Come late spring our wildflower meadows at Flanders and Blawhorn Moss burst into life and fill the reserve entrances with colour. Besides being incredibly beautiful, these meadows offer crucially important habitat for insects, birds and small animals. Worryingly, since the … Continue reading

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Saving bogs in your spare time – be a composting hero

Blawhorn Moss NNR and Flanders Moss NNR 2020 was meant to be a notable year in the conservation of peatlands. In 2011 DEFRA set a voluntary target that the Scottish Government also sign-up to for the phasing out of all … Continue reading

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Why do we survey geese?

Over the winter months we carry out monthly goose counts at Loch Lomond national nature reserve. Hundreds of geese spend the winter at this wetland site, roosting on the water overnight and flying out to the fields to feed during … Continue reading

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