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  • Summer 2016
  • Lenzie Moss Peatland Restoration Project - November 2015 update

    East Dunbartonshire Council is pleased to announce that it has been successful in a funding bid to Scottish Natural Heritage to carry our further peatland restoration works at Lenzie Moss.

    All proposed rehabilitation works for Lenzie Moss have been developed under the guidance of Scottish Natural Heritage and as part of the Scottish Government drive to restore degenerated peat bogs.

    ImageMap 1: Working Area for Peat Bund Removal

    It is proposed to remove sections of the bunds (the raised embankments) within the area outlined in red on map 1.

    These bunds will be levelled and used to block ditches. The purpose of this is to remove a seed source of birch (present on the drier peat bunds), to reduce further drying out of the bog (and release of carbon), and to facilitate the colonisation of sphagnum moss. The mineral railway line will not be affected. A small tracked machine of approximately 4 tonnes will be used to level the bunds. No peat will be removed off site.

    ImageMap 2: Location of New Dams

    It is proposed to further facilitate the establishment of sphagnum moss species, the peat bog forming plants, through the installation of dams.

    Map 2 shows the location of these dams.

    ImageMap 3: Small Scrub Removal

    An area of small birch scrub has been identified for removal, as shown on map 3. This includes the periphery of the bog and an area within the wet peat bog. Removal will entail cutting and treating the stump with Glyphosate. Any arising’s will become colonised by sphagnum.

    If you have any queries about this please contact either ourselves at our usual email address, or the Council directly.

    Further information on SNH Peatland Action

    Wildflowers

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    Thanks to a grant from Keep Scotland Beautiful, and fund raising from the P5/6 class at Lenzie Moss Primary, we have been able to purchase a large number of wild flower plants.

    The pupils raised £160 from a sponsored silence, during which they continued with their work as normal and communicated by writing notes. They investigated what they thought is important in a community, and through this found that green space is incredibly important. As a class, they decided they would like to raise money for conservation of local green space, and identified this as the Moss.

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    Image Planting Wildflowers

    On 28th May 2015, twenty eight children turned up on cold, rather wet day to plant in an area of grassland at the top of Heather Drive. It was very muddy, but with the help of the Countryside Ranger and members of the Friends of Lenzie Moss, their wildflowers were planted. We hope there will be a good show of flowers next year. Thanks to Fiona Burns of the Mugdock Rangers for organising this, and a big thank you to the pupils of P5/6 at Lenzie Moss Primary school.

    John Muir project

    John Muir was a Scottish-born pioneer of nature conservation in America, where he was instrumental in safeguarding wilderness areas and forests, also realising the importance of “half-wild parks and gardens”. Lenzie Moss being a prime example of a protected wild place, and close to the John Muir Way, Scottish Natural Heritage awarded FoLM a grant to run a project as part of their celebration of the first John Muir Festival, and the opening of the John Muir Way.

    The theme of the project was 24 hours on Lenzie Moss. Ranger-led walks at dawn and dusk were busy with both local people and others new to the LNR, who enjoyed the wildlife and being informed about the conservation work.

    For daytime, two photographic activities took place: 1) we advertised widely asking for photos and experiences of Lenzie Moss. Over 100 photos were received! These were displayed at our AGM, and can be viewed on our online photo sharing site.. 2) with the grant we bought a night vision wildlife camera, to capture the nocturnal inhabitants of the Moss.

    All these fantastic photos merited the widest possible audience, so we were lucky to receive a further grant, from EDC's Community Grants Scheme, for portable display boards. We intend to exhibit these in local schools, community hubs, and at local events. We thank Scottish Natural Heritage and the Community Grants Scheme for funding this project.

    For the full report on this project click here

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