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An ominous embrace

One of our seasonal wardens, Polly Philpott, tells us of an unusual encounter at Flanders… Flanders Moss NNR Recently we found this pair of spiked shield bugs (Picromerus bidens) locked in an amorous embrace at the side of the boardwalk … Continue reading

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Farewell to a loyal colleague

Stirling NNRs Well, this working week marks the last on the reserves for an outstanding member of our team – reliable, hard-working (mostly), always got time for people, full of energy and loves the bogs. He’s made heaps of friends … Continue reading

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Littering Balloons of the Bog

Stirling NNRs This time last year, Ceris and Bethia (who had just started their placements) set off for their first trip out into the middle of Flanders Moss. “It gave a real sense of just how big the site is … Continue reading

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That’s damming evidence

Flanders Moss NNR On a recent wet wednesday, the volunteers and us packed our lunches, waterproofs and cheery spirits and headed into the depths of Flanders Moss for a day of ditch-damming. Within minutes of arrival at the ditch, one … Continue reading

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From staring at fence posts to staring at the ground

Flanders Moss NNR You might recall us peering at crusty old fenceposts in search of the Rannoch Brindled Beauty (Lycia lapponaria) moths back in April as part of our ongoing research into the species and it’s habitat preferences. Well, for … Continue reading

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Bog butterflies – Large Heath

Flanders Moss NNR Large Heath (Coenonympha tullia) Another of our fantastic flutters on Flanders is the Large Heath. We’ve been seeing these in really high numbers out in the middle of the moss over the last few weeks, but they … Continue reading

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Mindful Moment with the Dragonfly Sculpture

Blawhorn Moss NNR After carrying out some seasonal maintenance tasks at Blawhorn Moss last week, I decided to take a moment to enjoy the ponds at the boardwalk. They’ve been looking pretty dry, but after the recent rainfall they’ve been … Continue reading

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Moth Night on the Moss

Flanders Moss NNR Moth Night is an annual celebration of moth-recording throughout Britain and Ireland and, since this year’s theme is reedbeds and wetlands, how could we surpass the opportunity to do some moth-trapping on our lovely wetland at Flanders? … Continue reading

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Firsts and farewells

Stirling NNR’s And just like that, it was over. Well, not over. Just different. From today I will be trading in two bogs, a swamp and some islands for…a loch and some islands. Loch Leven, to be more precise, as … Continue reading

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Getting comfortable with spiders

Stirling NNRs Over the years I’ve developed an interest in the often overlooked invertebrates of Scotland. So when Buglife hosted a series of free online webinars earlier in the year which focused on invertebrate identification (the recordings for which you … Continue reading

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