Flanders Moss: A bog is for life, not just for Christmas!

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

Flanders Moss Boardwalk Safari

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.

Let us know what you see on your visit by tagging us in your photos on instagram and facebook and by recording them in the new bog book!

Would you like to work on 2 bogs, a swamp and some islands?

2 bogs, a swamp and some islands

Stirling NNRs

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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500 blog posts in 3 years

Our local nature reserve

2 bogs, a swamp and some islands

Stirling NNRs

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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