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.
tree day: probably 17 or 18 December.
Pick your own tree.
Supper: 21 January 2017. The
Reprofiling project: September 2016
A major piece of
work, funded by LLLP and Portmoak Community
Woodland Group is under way on the Moss. Read
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
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
additions, both found on the Ecology page:
One of our
team, Marjorie Smith, was
the Scottish Government and the
Primary Science Teaching Trust to
develop an excellent teaching
resource called Let'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
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