Insects, moths, butterflies, dragonflies, bumblebeesThere'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
This file shows what they saw on the Moss so far in 2017 - there's 102 species.
This map shows the transects that they use.
Water table data
We've been gathering data about the change in
water levels since the moss was cleared and the drainage
channels were dammed. This graph shows what's happened.
It's pretty obvious that when it doesn't rain much, the
water level goes down and when it does rain the water
level goes up. The other thing that we can say is that
overall the water level has risen by more than 350 mm
and on average is often less than 100mm below the
In 2015 the surface of the raised bog was
mulched: that meant that it was leveled and drainage
routes were filled in with peat. We saw that the water
table got closer to the surface but where the level
dropped again - this was a period of low rainfall for a
couple of months.
In 2016 the steepest edges were reprofiled to
stabilise them and we put in sub-surface peat dams to
reduce the channeling of water beneath the surface. that
raised the water table by another 50mm and after rainy
periods there are many areas of standing water across
the peat dome - just what we want to see.
There was a long dry period in 2017 when the
water table dropped right back to the level before we
started the restoration project but the important thing
is that as soon as we got rain the water table shot back
up to the new high level.