Last weekend the Bog Squad ventured out Sergeantlaw Moss near Paisley. This lovely little bog in Gleniffer Braes Country Park was another new site for us. The moss is home to the only known colony of Large Heath butterfly in East Renfrewshire and also hosts the Green Hairstreak, another bog-loving species. However these beautiful butterflies and the many other bog specialist species that make their home at Sergeantlaw are threatened by scrub encroachment and old ditches that are drying out the moss.
The Bog Squad's task for the day was to begin clearing some of the encroaching birch scrub from the moss. We did this by hand-pulling the smaller seedlings and using tools to remove the roots of bigger trees. These methods ensure that the trees will not regrow after cutting so hopefully it will be a long time before more scrub clearance work is needed. .
As ever we found a variety of bugs, beasties and moths of which a selection are below.......
Many thanks to those who came out to help. We'll be returning to Sergeantlaw Moss on Sunday 8th October for another work party, if you'd like to come along then please get in touch.