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What is happening to the orchids?

Flanders Moss NNR Ballangrew meadow is a small area of grassland on the western edge of Flanders that isn’t actual bog but is wet grassland that transitions through fen and into the edge of the peat bog. Many years ago … Continue reading

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Mothy Mayhem

Many moths and butterflies have boom and bust years. It’s one of the things that makes assessing population trends so difficult as it can take decades to assess the long term trend in some species.  For example, Marsh Fritillaries – … Continue reading

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Fab fritillaries!

Flanders Moss NNR At this time of year the grassland meadow at Ballangrew, on the west side of Flanders Moss, is brightening up – becoming dotted with a variety of flowering plants. Some of these are bog specialists, adapted to … Continue reading

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Flanders from up high – the viewing tower is now open

Flanders Moss NNR The iconic viewing tower is now open at Flanders Moss after being closed during lockdown. Unfortunately it had been vandalised again with people forcing entry to get around the locked door and also some graffiti appeared. To … Continue reading

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Mown desert or meadow magic

Flanders Moss NNR Its is National Meadows Day today (see here) . Flower-rich meadows are a part of our countryside that has been lost or damaged more than nearly any other habitat. When you look across the Carse of Stirling … Continue reading

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Solving plant mysteries

Loch Lomond NNR Every day is a school day during this student placement. Each time we’re out on the reserves I notice something new I haven’t seen before, resulting in frequent pit stops to ask: “what’s that plant?.. oooh what’s … Continue reading

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Shake, rattle and roll

Flanders Moss NNR Often nature provides the perfect solution to a conservation problem (after all it did a pretty good job at regulating itself before humans came along). One such solution is yellow rattle, otherwise known as the “meadow maker”, … Continue reading

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Moth magic and more – National Insect Week

Flanders Moss NNR Back out working on the reserves and we had some essential fence repairs to sort out at Flanders Moss. By the end of the day the fence was sheep proof but that wasn’t all that was achieved. … Continue reading

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Sundew – Drosera rotundifolia

Flanders Moss NNR Our blog editor, Jane Petrie, writes about what she has been seeing close-up from the Flanders boardwalk: When out on the boardwalk at Flanders it’s easy to gaze about and be entranced by so much that’s going … Continue reading

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Let out the hutch

Stirling NNRs After being given authorisation by SNH managers, the Stirling NNR team are very pleased to be able to start work back on the reserves. It has been a long time since we have spent some quality time on … Continue reading

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