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Field Trip Options

On Day Two of the 2018 Conference, delegates will have the opportunity to visit a local peatland site, to learn more about its ecology and management, or to join in a discussion about some of the wider issues.

Please see below for a description of the different options that are currently confirmed. More field trips are in planning, so please check back soon:

  1. Ben Lomond - National Trust for Scotland
  2. RSPB Loch Lomond


Option A: Ben Lomond

Ben LomondBen Lomond is owned and managed by the National Trust for Scotland. Blanket bog extends over some 680 ha’s of the predominantly upland 2,173 ha estate, and over 400 ha of these had been damaged by past muir (Scots word for moorland) gripping. This resulted in erosion and wash out of peat soils in places, as well as loss of habitat quality through lowering of the water table.

Since 2009, the National Trust for Scotland has blocked over 7 km’s of muir grips using peat dams and recent works achieved reprofiling of over 8 km’s of peat hag. This has been achieved in a large part through machine contractors (with grant support from the Scottish Government through the Peatland Action programme), however manual input for staff and volunteers has also been extensive and achieved significant gains.

Guide: Property Manager, National Trust for Scotland

Length of trip: Full day

Travel time: Approx. 45 minutes

Capacity: 30


Option B: RSPB Loch Lomond

Aber BogRSPB Loch Lomond lies at the south-eastern end of Loch Lomond, one of Scotland’s most visited and well known tourist destinations. The site consists of 237 ha of fen, woodland, wetland and mixed grasslands, and includes species of national or international importance. The site is covered by multiple designations including Site of Special Scientific Interest, Special Protected Area, Special Area of Conservation, Ramsar, National Nature Reserve, National Scenic Area, and lies within the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.

The field trip will take delegates to the fen area of the site, known as Aber Bog. It was traditionally managed as a bog hay meadow and as an area of common ground up until the 1930s. In the 1980s, under the auspices of the Nature Conservancy Council and due to increased nutrient inputs into the system, the route of the main water course (the Aber Burn) was diverted, ditches and sluices dug and the hydrology significantly altered. Mixed land ownership since that time led to a degradation of the designed system. Lack of vegetation management and stored nutrients has also led to increased negative indicator species (Phalaris arundinacea) and scrub invasion. RSPB is currently planning future actions toward achieving favourable condition in this area, which will form part of the discussions during the visit.

Guide: RSPB

Length of trip: Half day

Travel time: Approx. 10 minutes

Capacity: 20