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Diary dates
A couple of things to look out for - we'll give more details nearer to the time:
Apple day: 2 October 2016. A lot of fun last year including pressing to make apple juice; identifying types of apple; eating apple cakes, tarts, pies; all based on scrumping your neighbours apples.

Christmas tree day: probably 17 or 18 December. Pick your own tree.

Burns Supper: 21 January 2017. The legendry one. 

Reprofiling project: September 2016
A major piece of work, funded by LLLP and Portmoak Community Woodland Group is under way on the Moss. Read more details here. Basically we have been so successful in raising the water table that now we have to safeguard against the danger of bog burst. To do that we are reprofiling the steep peat banks at the edges of the Moss and putting in some peat dams on the surface to limit run off through the old drainage channels. The work will take about a month to complete and there shouldn't be too much disruption to walking round the paths. This  could become a Best Practice for the restoration of raised peat bogs.

LLLP Roadshow: 22 Jun 2016
The Living Lomonds Landscape Partnership have been very supportive of us, providing funds for the development of our report on management options as well as enough money to make a start on actually doing some of the work. The LLLP is coming to a conclusion and they had a roadshow at which various participants in their projects explained what had been done. We attended and gave an update about the work on Portmoak Moss.

Basket weaving: 19 Jun 2016
Basket weaving is a good, old fashioned, country craft. And locally we've got a lot of good, old fashioned, basket cases so we had Jan Hendry come in to show us how it's done. Baskets, trugs and something that looked a bit a misshapened butterfly, but might have been a beer mat were all produced.

SNH Discovery day: 16 Jun 2016
We took part in the annul event at Kirkgate Park along with The Woodland Trust who shared a stand with us. They were promoting their latest woodland schemes while Lesley and Michael were looking at the history and furture of the raised bog at Scotlandwell.

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.