Yesterday the Bog Squad was at a very sunny Easter Drumclair bog up on the Slamannan plateau. We started our day with a peat depth survey of a peatland called Salterhill bog which is nearby to Easter Drumclair. Salterhill bog is a narrow strip of peatland surrounded by forestry giving it a very peaceful feel. We took ten depth samples across the bog discovering that the peat there is up to 5.5 metres deep.
We then set about clearing scrub from Easter Drumclair. Last year we managed to clear small pine and spruce seedlings from much of the bog area. This just left a small section of sparse scrub to tackle and an area of thick scrub that is growing at the western corner of the bog.
And after a couple of hours hard graft we'd managed to clear almost a hectare of scrub and there was a distinct smell of freshly cut pine hanging in the air.
Next time out on the 6th December we shall be returning to the Slamannan plateau yet again, this time at Fannyside Muir where we'll be cutting some small pines. And at this time of year that only means one thing...............free Christmas trees! Maybe see you there.........
This last weekend the Bog Squad teamed up with Buglife and visited Fannyside Muir near Cumbernauld to lend a hand in the restoration of this huge peatland site. In the past large areas of Fannyside have been drained and commercially stripped of peat whilst other parts have been subjected to damaging afforestation. Recent restoration works at Fannyside organised by Buglife have seen many ditches blocked by hundreds of plastic and peat dams. And we could certainly see the effects of these dams as large pools of water have been building up following recent rains. But there's still more to do!
We began by removing some willow and gorse scrub from an old railway embankment that crosses the muir. With the bog beginning to wet up following the improvement works, the railway embankment is a key (and dry!) access point for much of the muir. So keeping it clear means that future work parties and visitors will be able to gain access easily.
By early afternoon the promised sunshine had duly arrived and we moved onto our second task for the day which was to extend some plastic piling dams. During the late summer a number of very large dams were built across a deep ditch and these have been filling-up nicely with water ever since. In fact so much water has been trapped that it some has started to escape round the side of the dams! So the Bog Squad set about using some left over plastic piling to seal up the edges.
We managed to extend 3 dams before we ran out of time (and plastic!) which leaves us a few more to extend at our next work party at Fannyside on 6th December. We'll also be tackling an area of lodgepole pines which have been regenerating in an old plantation which will make excellent mini Christmas trees! Maybe see you there..........
As summer draws to its conclusion I thought I'd post a wee update on the work that the Bog Squad has carried out this year.
In June we teamed up with the British Dragonfly Society to dam up an a ditch that was adversely affecting important damselfly habitat at Logierait Woods SSSI near Pitlochry. A recent visit has shown that the main dam is holding water well and in time hopefully this will help raise the water level at the pond.
None of these successes would have been possible without all the effort and time that the volunteers of the Bog Squad have given. So a huge thanks you to all those who've helped so far in the Bog Squad' s journey!!
Over the last 20 years Langlands Moss on the edge of East Kilbride has seen a variety of dams installed to block its many drainage ditches. Gradually these ditches are filling up with sphagnum mosses and returning to their boggy origins. However some of the damming materials used in the early days are starting to fail. Plywood boards have become rotten, early plastic piling dams have become brittle in the sunlight and a few even melted when a small fire swept across the moss some years ago. Instead of using more plastic piling, could these ditches be re-blocked by simply using peat? The Bog Squad with help from The Friends of Langlands Moss went to find out.........
Firstly we needed to excavate a section of the ditch to remove all the unconsolidated peaty material that has built up over the last few decades. We also began to excavate a borrow pit nearby from which we were able to take consolidated peat. This 'good' peat has clay like properties when compressed and acts as a natural barrier to water movement. By digging deep and wide enough to reveal the old profile of the ditch we exposed the 'good' peat on the ditch sides and base to which our dam could be bedded into.
After much toil and graft by everyone we managed to build the dam up to the height of the moss itself,well above the ditch level. And we finished it off nicely by replacing the original mossy turves from the ditch so that the bare peat wasn't exposed to the elements. All that remained was to take all the ditch spoil over to refill the borrow pit...........which took quite a while!!
Last weekend the Bog Squad visited Black Moss on the edge of Armadale, West Lothian where we indulged in a spot of ditch damming. Our previous ditch damming exploits at places such as Langlands, Kingshill and Blairbeich have all used plastic piling as our damming material. However this time the material of choice was the peat itself!
There is small network of old drainage ditches on the edge of Black Moss and whilst they have naturally filled in with peaty material over the years they are still conducting water away from the moss. Our task for the day was to remove a section of the 'unconsolidated' peaty material from the ditch and refill the resulting gap with well humified 'consolidated' peat which when compressed acts a natural barrier to water flow.
To find the 'consolidated' peat that was required to build our dam we had to 'borrow' it from a nearby pit that we had dug and then refill that pit with the peaty material excavated from the ditch. Once we'd built the dam up to just above the level of the ditch we topped it off with the original turf to protect the bare peat from erosion.
Many thanks to those who came along and gave their hard efforts. Hopefully our dams will be a big success. Next up for the Bog Squad is a return to Langlands Moss on Sunday 30th August.
Hi there, my name is Ruth. I’m studying Conservation Biology and Management and am currently doing a placement with Butterfly Conservation Scotland.
Last Friday I was lucky enough to take part in a dragonfly training day at Flanders Moss led by Daniele Muir, the Scotland Officer for British Dragonfly Society. Fifteen people of all ages turned up despite the dodgy forecast and their enthusiasm really made the day.
After some pond dipping for larvae, we managed to catch and identify several species of dragonflies and damselflies. We got a good look at an Emerald Damselfly, Black Darter and a Common Hawker. They are absolutely stunning creatures and I like to think of them as little flying lava lamps! Daniele taught us how to distinguish males from the females and gave us some useful tips to help identify them in the field.
This last weekend the Bog Squad revisited Kingshill LNR in North Lanarkshire for a day of ditch damming. Along the way we also spotted plenty of local wildlife, soaked up the sun and then promptly got soaked by the rain.........
The intention for the day was to install some dams on some of the smaller ditches on the reserve. Whilst the dams were slipping into the peat easily enough it became tough work in the gloriously warm July sunshine.....
This last weekend the Bog Squad was helping to restore peatland habitat at Lockshaw Moss SSSI in west Fife. Last year on a visit to Lockshaw the Bog Squad discovered that the moss is home to a colony of the Large Heath butterfly. So whilst we were doing our work we kept our eyes peeled for this elusive creature.....
We started off our day by pulling out some pine and birch seedlings that were growing on the moss. These seedlings have the potential to become much larger trees that in time will suck water out of the bog leaving it drier and even more prone to invasion by birch. This drying of the bog threatens the specialised plant flora that is so well adapted to living in the boggy conditions.
One sharp eyed volunteer did manage to spot a large heath butterfly who was flying quickly despite the dull weather. In fact so quickly I couldn't manage to get a photograph! A few other interesting creatures turned up during the day including a couple of large emperor moth caterpillars and a beautiful common blue butterfly.
In the afternoon as a break from the tree seedling pulling we started a peat depth survey of the bog. We tested eight different points and discovered that the peat is almost six metres deep in places which represents about 6000 years of peat formation!
Next time the Bog Squad will be at Kingshill bog near Shotts in North Lanarkshire. Maybe see some of you there...........
This last weekend the Bog Squad traveled north to Logierait Mire SSSI near Pitlochry. The SSSI consists of several ponds nestled within Logierait woodland which are home to a colony of the Northern Damselfly whose UK distribution is restricted to ponds and lochans in a few areas of highland Scotland.
One of the Logierait ponds has begun to 'fill-in' with peat leaving fewer areas of open water for the damselfly to breed in. An artificial ditch draining water from the pond had been identified as potentially having a negative effect so the Bog Squad was called in to block it. Due to the site's natural history interest we teamed up with the British Dragonfly Society for the days work.
The day began with a stiff climb up a landrover track in the forest which with all the tools and materials turned out to be a quite a haul and a few breaks were needed! Once we got up to the site a plan was hatched to create two dams, one on the very edge of the pond and another a short distance down the ditch. In the end this second dam was reinforced with some mineral soil in order to create a better blockage as despite some hard efforts we couldn't get the plastic very deep below the level of the ditch bottom.
As the day wore on it began to brighten up and we started to see some of the sites wildlife including Four-spotted Chaser dragonflies and a Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterfly. And a final treat was seeing the Northern damselfly itself on our way out thanks to the quick net skills of a volunteer.
This last weekend the Bog Squad visited Kingshill Local Nature Reserve near Allanton in North Lanarkshire. After the horrible weather of the day before, we got lucky with an almost rain-free day and even managed to get some much needed sunshine. On our way to the bog an eagle-eyed volunteer spotted a slightly strange looking bee which actually turned out to be a moth!
The moth in question is the delightful Narrow-bordered Bee Hawkmoth which is nationally scarce and only known from a few sites in central Scotland. That was just the beginning of a series of mothy interruptions to our work......
We did manage to complete a fair bit of work too though and during the day cleared around a half a hectare of young birch seedlings from an area of bog. In addition to this we also surveyed the depth of peat in the bog at regular intervals using our peat probe. Some interesting results were produced with a maximum depth of 4.5 metres recorded although the bog was more usually around 3 metres deep. With peat formation rates often estimated at 1 millimeter per year this mean that the bog here is around 3-4 thousand years old!!
The tick season is well and truly under way!
Ticks are small biting insects that live in our countryside. Their usual hosts are deer and sheep, however they will feed on humans too and can pass on infectious diseases such as Lyme disease. They can be found all over our countryside particularly in areas where farm animals or deer are found (this includes bogs!).
Please have a look at the links below which provide excellent information and advice on staying safe from the dangers of ticks whilst you are out and about in the countryside.
Lyme Disease Action
NHS Lyme Disease Information
This last weekend the Bog Squad went off on a big adventure to the wilds land of Angus (well 5 miles north of Dundee anyway!) After a relatively problem free journey to the farm where the bog is located we continued in a pick-up truck which took us on an 'interesting' journey over the farmland to our bog.
The bog in question was Carrot Hill Meadow SSSI and this particular bog is very different to those that we've previously worked at as it's a fen fed by nutrient-rich spring water. This means there's a wide variety of wildflowers and scarce plants growing there. So not much in the way of acidic loving species such as heather and sphagnum.
Our task for the day was to block up various ditches and channels that were leading to water loss from the site and threatening the plant communities that thrive here.
Firstly there were two plastic piling dams to put in - they put up some resistance but we got there in the end thanks to the volunteers hard efforts.
After that we took to blocking up some of the smaller channels with soil and turf. That meant things got a fair bit muddier.... This technique was a previously untested Bog Squad method but I'm pleased to say it worked out well and by the end of the day we'd made 11 of these.
Now all that was left was the long road back to Stirling via a pick-up ride over the fields and then a plush hire car trip on the motorway. I'd like to say a massive thank you to those that came along and helped, it was a long hard day for everyone - but a good job well done!!
Last Saturday the latest peatland to get a Bog Squad makeover was Wester Moss near Stirling. This lovely little bog is tucked away in woodland beside the village of Fallin. With a mixed bag of tasks to do the team rattled through them so fast we even had time at the end for a spot of rhoddy bashing!
After quickly clearing a few felled trees from the access track we set about installing three new dams. All the main drains on Wester Moss have previously been dammed up, but I stumbled (literally!) across a small un-dammed ditch this week in the centre of the moss. So a couple of small plastic dams were whacked in here to see if they can make the centre of the bog a bit boggier!
After a quick bite to eat we went off on a search for bog rosemary. This beautiful little plant flowers in late spring and only occurs on peatland sites. Despite its name it does not actually relate to the herb family, but is in fact a relative of heather and other heath plants. It is known to be found in places on Wester Moss, but up until now its full extent was unknown.
After finding around 15 sites on the moss for Bog Rosemary we just about had time to finish bashing the last remaining rhododendron bush at Wester Moss. I'll leave you with a picture of a spider we found hiding under some dead bark - I think it's the rather exotically named Walnut orb-weaver spider which according to the Natural History Museum is apparently one of the few British species that has been recorded as biting a human!
Last weekend the Bog Squad was once again at Langlands Moss on the outskirts of East Kilbride. With a small army of volunteers from the Friends of Langlands Moss turning out alongside the Bog Squad a lot was achieved on the day.
We started out in the morning by putting in some dams using the z-shaped plastic piling. This material usually goes down into the peat quite easily - assuming you avoid the old tree roots of course! So many z-shaped piling dams were completed we sort of lost count..........although around nine is a fair guesstimation I think........
With the spruce bashing continuing into the afternoon, the damming team moved onto the other side of the bog to pop some hexagonal piling dams into place. This type of plastic makes for sturdier dams with the disadvantage that it's much harder to bash into the ground! We encountered few difficulties though and three dams were constructed in a fairly short time along with a wee bit of peat re-profiling where a ditch side was collapsing.
Some of the dams were built to replace old rotten plywood dam's that had been installed in the 1990's, these have been doing a great job with sphagnum mosses recolonising many ditches. Hopefully our new dams will last a fair while longer though and in time these ditches will fill up completely with peat and mosses.
The Friends of Langlands Moss also conducted a community litter pick for the area around the bog in the afternoon with several large bags of litter being taken away from the site.
All in all it was a great day, many thanks to all of those who came along and donated their time and efforts. Hope to see you all again soon............
The Bog Squad celebrated its 1st Birthday recently with a lunch and site visit to Langlands Moss to see some of the fruits of our labours. Lady luck was on our side as it turned out to be a gorgeous day with bright sun and almost summer like warmth. Thanks to all those who came along to help us celebrate and roll on year 2!
We have also recently finalised our Spring programme of work parties which includes a lot of damming! With the return of the warmer (and hopefully sunnier!) weather there will be more recording opportunities too with butterflies back on the wing.
We will be visiting Langlands Moss on Sunday 19th April to continue the ditch damming there in conjunction with the Friends of Langlands Moss group. Then we'll be at Wester Moss near Stirling on 2nd May to do a bit more damming and restoration work.
And lastly (for now!) we'll be heading east to Angus to visit Carrot Hill Meadow SSSI (north of Dundee) on 16th May. This is a bit of a different bog compared to our usual 'Raised Bogs' as its a Fen peatland which is highly valued for its rich botany. We'll be putting in some small plastic dams and constructing some peat ones too. As this is a bit of a distance from the central belt we'll be offering transport for those wanting to come along although with limited spaces it will be first come first served! More information is available on all these outings on our Work Parties & Events page. Please get in touch if you'd like to come along to any of the outings.
This Saturday the Bog Squad and the Friends of Langlands Moss will be hosting a celebration lunch to mark one year of the Bog Squad. The lunch will be held at Langlands Moss and is open to all those who've helped us during our first year. During the Bog Squad's first year we've:
And none of this would have been possible without the fantastic efforts of our 50+ volunteers who've donated us over 500 hours of their time. So thank you all!!
Hope to see many of you on Saturday, please get in touch if you'd like to come along...
Last week someone commented on the Bog Squad's usual good fortune with the weather at Langlands Moss...........well that run came to a rather damp end yesterday!
Initially a large turnout of 14 volunteers got stuck in with their usual gusto to the task of putting yet more dams into Langlands Moss's complex of ditches. One damming group hit some stubborn resistance from a large tree root which at one point wouldn't let go of our spade! With some perseverance from everyone involved the spade was recovered and the root was overcome allowing us to complete the main part of the dam.
Thankfully our other dams went in a lot more smoothly. With the damming effort continuing, several of our volunteers turned their attention to removing the small pine and spruce trees that have been growing up around the moss. All the while the weather was deteriorating and after 5 dams had been completed (and the plastic piling had run out!) we decided to call it day and retire to the vehicles for some much needed warmth and nourishment. My lack of photos chronicling the day is a fair representation of the weather as I was afraid of getting the camara wet!!
A huge thank you is due to everyone who turned out is such poor conditions, lets hope that next time we encounter some better weather! Our next workparty will take place on 28th February at Easter Drumclair Bog in Limerigg Forest....maybe see you there...
The Bog Squad's first work party of 2015 was held at Langlands Moss last Saturday.
On our previous visits here the volunteers have always been greeted with warm sun - unsurprisingly (considering its January!) this time turned out to be a somewhat chillier affair... The sun did shine on us for the most part though and with a fresh covering of snow on the ground the bog looked very tranquil.
Our task for the day was to install some more plastic dams in the old drainage ditches that crisscross the moss. The main ditch in the area that we were working had already been dammed many years previously with plywood and good levels of sphagnum mosses have built up since. However the plywood is getting rotten and looking in danger of failing so we decided to pop in some new sturdier dams to ensure the water flow in the ditch remains restricted.
Some smaller channels running off from the main ditch also needed blocked so we also focused our efforts there. With spirits high the volunteers set about the task in no time at all and within a short space of time (and some hard work!) a total of seven dams had been installed. We also managed to remove some scattered pines and spruce that were growing in the area and these were placed into the ditches to help block them up.
The value of our efforts could be seen immediately as pools of water quickly built up behind some of the dams. Many thanks to everyone who helped out on the day!
There's still plenty more to be done at Langlands Moss and the Bog Squad will be continuing with our damming efforts there on Sunday 22nd February - hope to see you there!
Last Saturday the Bog Squad hosted a 'come and cut your own Christmas Tree' day at Easter Drumclair bog. It was a cold day with several inches of snow lying on the ground but even this couldn't deter our eager bunch of volunteers.
With some nicely sized pine and spruce growing on the bog our eager volunteers set about clearing as many of the trees as possible. These pine and spruce are using up valuable water resources on the bog which threatens the specialised bog flora and fauna that live there. The nicest looking trees were selected and carefully cut down so that they could have a new life as Christmas Trees!
Despite the cold weather there was some insect life found on the bog with one sharp eyed volunteer spotting two seven spot ladybirds clinging onto spruce trees.
There was also time for some fun and games in the snow which led to the creation of three new Bog Squadders!
So that's it from the Bog Squad for 2014. Its been a great year for us - we've cleared over 5 hectares of scrub (That's the size of 10 football pitches!) and installed 50 dams. Not to mention 2 peat depth surveys and hours upon hours of recording wildlife on the bogs.
A huge thank you is due to everyone who has helped this year - we really couldn't have done it without you!
We are currently in the process of coming up with new work party dates for the New Year so watch this space. In the meantime we'd like to wish everyone a happy festive period and we look forward to seeing you next year!
This week the Bog Squad were at Cander Moss SSSI. This was our second visit to the moss following our work party there in July. That day was a warm occasion and the volunteers were treated to an array of moths. This time was a bit different to say the least..... breezy conditions and plenty of rain led to a damp time as you can see in the photos!
We were joined on this occasion at the moss by an enthusiastic group of volunteers from the Scottish Wildlife Trust (who own and manage the site). Our task for the day was to remove an area of birch woodland that is encroaching onto the moss. As usual our diligent group of volunteers got on superbly with the task at hand and by the end of the day the section woodland had been thinned dramatically leaving only the largest trees behind. These will be felled by SWT at a later date using chainsaws and all the stumps will be treated to ensure the birch doesn't return.
The cut birch trees didn't go to waste with the larger logs being used to fill up a large ditch which has previously been dammed. The logs will help the sphagnum mosses colonize the ditch faster and hopefully help raise the water table in the surrounding area. All the other branches from the trees were placed in piles deeper into the woodland where perhaps they will provide habitat for all sorts of bugs and beasties.
A big thank you all to the volunteers from both Bog Squad and SWT who turned out to help. Our next action is a 'Come and Cut Your Own Christmas Tree' event at Easter Drumclair on Saturday 13th December. Maybe see you there.....
This past weekend the Bog Squad was at Easter Drumclair bog up on the Slamannan Plateau.
Our small group of dedicated volunteers enthusiastically set about the tasks for the day ahead despite some heavy showers and dark looking skies. The day brightened up though as we went along and we were basking in some warm(ish!) November sun by lunchtime.
During the day we managed to complete the peat depth survey across the entire bog discovering that it is up to 7 metres deep in places! That means there's a lot of carbon stored in this wee bog!
We also managed to clear the whole eastern half of the bog of small pine trees that had sprouted across the area. It was a fantastic effort by everyone considering that the area cleared is around 3 hectares in size!
After all the wet weather we've had this autumn the bog was very boggy indeed..... In fact one poor volunteer ended up with rucksack full of water.......luckily he had retrieved his food from it before hand otherwise it would have been a very soggy lunch!
Whilst its getting a bit late in the year to be seeing butterflies there were still a few other signs of wildlife. We were regularly startled by snipe lurking in the ditches before flying off suddenly making their rasping alarm call and as we've seen on some other bogs this year there was a profusion of cranberries.
Huge thanks to all the volunteers that came along this week. Our next work party will be on Tuesday 9th Dec at Cander Moss where we'll be removing some birch scrub. Look forward to seeing some of you there!
In October the Bog Squad enjoyed a great 'Bog-Day out' with 26 P7 pupils from Slamannan and Limerigg Primary schools in Falkirk. We all met at Limerigg Primary and walked the mile to Easter Drumclair - a small bog in Limerigg Forest, which is owned and managed by Forestry Commission Scotland.
We started the day with scientific experiments looking at how wet and acidic a bog is. We also measured the depth of the peat and learned about the plants that grow here. We were lucky with the weather and had a relaxed lunch with roasted marshmallows and chocolate digestives, courtesy of Jim, the Forestry Commission Ranger - yum!
The second part of the day was all about improving the bog habitat. Everybody got stuck in and helped to cut pine trees, that would otherwise use up vital water resources from the bog.
Have a look at the slideshow below, which tells the story of our day in photos:
Thank you to the pupils and teachers for their help to improve the bog. Also a Big Thank! you to Forestry Commission Scotland for their help during the day, as well as to Lorne Gill from SNH for the great photos!
We are now going to continue our efforts at Easter Drumclair bog, so maybe see you at our workparty there on 22nd November....
For last Saturday's workparty we once again returned to Blairbeich Bog. We constructed additional 14 dams, which means we have now blocked off the 26 small ditches in the Northern part of the SSSI - a great step forward to improving this bog.
Albeit a rather bleak and wet forecast we stayed dry for most of the day. Much of the work again included carrying the materials to the marked dam locations. With great team spirit and plenty of banter the task was soon accomplished.
There was time left to clear and remove a substantial section of pine saplings and small pine trees around the Northern woodland fringes. Also, always in search for wildlife on the bog, someone spotted this tiny little baby newt, which was lovely to see.
Thank you to everyone who took part, it's great that we have now completed the damming section in the Northern part of the bog. There is still work left for us at Blairbeich and we look forward to return soon.
In the meantime our next workparty will take place on 22nd November at Easter Drumclair Bog in Limerigg Forest....maybe see you there...
Last Saturday we spent another great day out at Blairbeich Bog - this time building plastic dams. We managed a new record of 16 dams! in just one day. However before there are suspicions of bionic & superhuman volunteers we must admit there were a few factors playing in our favour...the peat was soft and we encountered very few roots, which means the dams went in smoothly.
Also, the dams were in general constructed of short (1-1.5m) sections of plastic piling, as we were blocking small, parallel ditches that all lead into one main ditch. It was a great effort and we even finished early. Throughout the day, parts of the team went to complete the peat depth survey of the SSSI area, which means we now have a full data set of peat depths for Blairbeich - which is also great news.
We were lucky with the weather and apart from a strong wind and the occasional small drops we also saw some sunshine. However the old pair of jeans we use for building the dams was not quite so lucky and looks much worse for wear - or could this be fashionable Bog design? We also came across some lovely wildlife, including a Palmate newt and a couple of Foxmoth caterpillars.
Thank you to everyone who took part, for their brilliant effort in building these first dams on Blairbeich and completing the peat depth survey. We will return to Blairbeich this coming Saturday - 25th October, maybe see you there...
This week the Bog Squad managed to be in two places at once. One team of Volunteers returned to Blairbeich Bog, which showed itself from its best side - with sunny and mild weather.
First up was the moth trap, kindly set up by Paul the night before. We all gathered around the trap wondering what it may reveal...there were plenty midges, yet only one! single moth. Nevertheless this VIP of a moth , a Canary-shouldered Thorn was quite a sight and we all appreciated having seen it. The general conclusion was that it may have been too windy overnight for the trap to be anymore successful. Ah well ,there is always a next time...
We swiftly moved onto the day's tasks. One of which was measuring & recording the peat depth of Blairbeich Bog across a systematic grid of survey points, marked with GPS. The peat went as deep as 524cm at one point, which could mean Blairbeich is around 5240years old! (A bog grows about 1mm/year).
We also continued cutting Rhododendron bushes, which are growing within the SSSI boundaries and encroaching on the bog. Richard, who has pesticide qualifications, helped us treat the cuts stumps to prevent further regrowth. Additionally another part of the team was busy removing pine trees from the open bog.
Between hard work we enjoyed a sunny and relaxed lunch. Meanwhile two volunteers were busy promoting the Bog Squad at this year's RSPB Volunteer day at Stirling University. They had lots of interest in our bog restoration work and we look forward to welcoming more helping hands at future work parties.
A Big Thank You! to everyone for this Saturday's fantastic efforts - we made another big step towards improving Blairbeich Bog and we look forward to returning for more restoration work here on 18th and 25th October.