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
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
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.
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/
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.
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
views, delightful walking and an ambitious
project to restore a commercial plantation to a
raised peat bog.
at Scotlandwell, near to Kinross and the M90,
about midway between the Forth Road Bridge and