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Moss identification day: 22 May
We talk a lot about the Moss, but what mosses are actually there? Debbie Spray of SNH led a session on how to identify the various types. We're especially keen on sphagnums because they are a bog builder and a good indication of the health of a bog. There are potentially 7 kinds of sphagnum which could be expected on our Moss and with Debbie's help we were able to find and locate all of them. There are also two types of cotton grass beginning to colonise big areas. All good news. Portmoak Moss continues to respond well to our restoration activities.

Resources
Some recent additions, both found on the Ecology page:
One of our team, Marjorie Smith, was funded by the Scottish Government and the Primary Science Teaching Trust to develop an excellent teaching resource called Let's Talk Bogs.

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 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. Tables of their sightings over the last few years are here.


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.