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NEXT EVENTMoth of the Month

Apple Day: Sunday 30 September 2018 2-5 p.m.: Portmoak Village Hall / Community Orchard
We've been doing this for a few years now so it's one of our core activities. (Heh, heh, heh). Bring along one apple and a leaf from the tree and we'll identify the species for you. Bring along a lot of apples and some containers and we'll turn them into juice for you. Or just come along for some refreshments and cakes.


Chris's Project: July 2018
When one of our members, Chris Vlasto, died his family gifted the donations made at his funeral to the Portmoak Community Woodland Group. We are using the money to create a new play area in our Community Orchard. A large area has been levelled and an amphitheatre has been created. There is also a picnic area. We've grassed over the area and the rain is helping it to grow well. We'll be putting in tables over the next month or two.

National Bog Day: 22 July 2018, Portmoak Moss
You were probably excited about National Bog Day - it's right up there with Christmas and Pancake Day. We celebrated it at Portmoak Moss. A couple of dozen people were guided around the Moss, spotting dragonflies and damselflies. Moths and butterflies had been trapped the night before, identified and then we released them. We also did some dipping (ponds, not other people's pockets). Interesting and fun event!

Himalayan Balsam: June 2018
This is an invasive species which spreads very rapidly and we are seeing signs of it encroaching on the Moss. Rapid intervention is required - if it spreads its seeds then it can quickly overrun a large area. We went down and removed it and we expect this to be an ongoing effort for the next few years.

Insects, moths, butterflies, dragonflies, bumblebees

There's an amazing number of insects living in the Moss - and the diversity has increased a lot because of the work that has been done to restore the peat dome. Butterfly Conservation  http://www.eastscotland-butterflies.org.uk/  do an incredible job of monitoring and recording moths and butterflies across the UK. Our local people are George Guthrie and Duncan Davidson. If you ever see strange lights in the Moss late at night, there's a good chance that it's George trapping moths and butterflies ready to identify, count and record them. Sometimes they put on special events for us too.

This file shows what they've seen on the Moss so far in 2018 - there's 91 species.

Portmoak Moss viewed from Kilmagad Wood, with Loch Leven and Benarty Hill in the background

Fine views, delightful walking and an ambitious project to restore a commercial plantation to a raised peat bog.

Located at Scotlandwell, near to Kinross and the M90, about midway between the Forth Road Bridge and Perth.