Flanders Moss NNR We recently set out for a wintry squelch onto Flanders Moss in search of Christmas trees. Along the way, we found reindeers, elves and stars… of a fashion. In the video below, Bethia leads us for a festive wander, introduces some species and features of raised bogs, and highlights just how important […]A bog is for life, not just for Christmas! — 2 bogs, a swamp and some islands
Happy Hallowe’en from Flanders Moss NNR
If you venture out onto Flanders Moss, beware the centre of the bog. For here you will find a small and unassuming loch. But as darkness falls and the mist rolls in, who knows what may be lurking in the deep… An ominous misty morning on Flanders Moss NNR Perhaps you have […]Happy Hallowe’en!
Flanders Moss NNR Flanders Moss featured rather nicely last week on BBC Scotland Landward. Nick Nairn visited West Moss-side farm and talked to its owner Kate Sankey about her organic Shetland cattle herd that grazes the edge of Flanders. There is also some spectacular drone footage of Flanders. Follow the link below to reach the […]Flanders Moss Beef on TV
Flanders Moss NNR
Flanders Moss is a really special place, home to some amazing wildlife. If you’ve never visited the reserve before you might like to find out what kinds of plants and animals you can expect to see on your visit at this time of year.
Well luckily, we have created a virtual boardwalk safari so you can do just that! As we are unable to run guided walks at the moment, due to covid 19 restrictions, this virtual tour of the boardwalk will show you some of the incredible wildlife we have on the reserve, like lizards and dragonflies, and tell you exactly where to look out for them.
We hope you enjoy your boardwalk safari!
Find out more about the reserve and how to get there here.
We have a vacancy to fill on the team that looks after the 2 bogs, a swamp and some islands that go to make up the 3 Stirling NNRs: Flanders Moss NNR, Loch Lomond NNR and Blawhorn Moss NNR. It is a 12 months’ student placement with a wage, a training budget and everything – its like a proper job!
If you are successful you will get the chance to learn about the many aspects of nature reserve management on 3 big, wet, biodiverse and simply fantastic sites in Central Scotland. We are currently working from home and out of our workshop just north of Dunblane but eventually the post will be based in the SNH Stirling office when it is reopened.
You will get to work with all sorts of great people – our fantastic volunteers, SNH colleagues, landowners, species recorders and other partner organisations. And also…
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Our local nature reserve
It is almost exactly 3 years since we started the 2 bogs, a swamp and some islands blog to tell people about the little known but wonderful wetland National Nature Reserves in the central belt of Scotland. And yesterday we posted our 500th post, perhaps suitably to mark International Bog Day. Over time readers have increased, in the first 7 months of 2020 we have had the same number of visitors as all of 2019 – maybe a result of lockdown and people experiencing the reserves virtually. So far nearly 7000 visitors have read 12500 pages in 2020 (they are not all my mother), maybe not huge numbers but then we are talking bogs, moths and sphagnum not big, sexy wildlife like dolphins, seals, puffins and red squirrels (though we live in hope)! These reserves are not easy places to visit – they are all very wet and…
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Blawhorn Moss NNR and Flanders Moss NNR Current advice from Scottish Government We know that people want to make the most of the beautiful country that we live in, however current advice is travel for exercise and leisure should remain within your local area. You can travel short distance for outdoor recreation, but stay local […]Flanders and Blawhorn access update