This week has been a bit wet over here and so we haven’t managed too many outings. A visit to the Kelpies at the beginning of the week and then I planned a short visit to Flanders Moss on Wednesday.
Flanders Moss is a raised peat bog in the middle of an agricultural valley. A large area of the valley was once covered in peatbog until some enterprising farmers dug it out to burn and then use the fertile clay land below to grow crops. Flanders Moss is now a National Nature Reserve and is managed to preserve the lowland bog from any further degradation.
There is a board walk around part of the site and a tower to look out across the landscape. On a sunny, warm day you will see dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies zooming around, unfortunately it was too damp for anything when we visited.
The tower was our first stop and O insisted on walking up and down the steps several times whilst I stood at the top admiring the view.
We then walked along the board walk to a little stone pathway, leading us to two wooden benches and several shrieking gulls. It turns out that the gulls were shrieking as their fluffy young were swimming on a little pond nearby. We moved on to stop upsetting the poor birds!
Further along the boardwalk was a little bridge over a pond where O decided we could come back for pond dipping next time. He saw a picture on a sign earlier on the walk of kids pond dipping and wanted to try again!
We had a look at the sphagnum mosses and I found a few Sundew plants to show O, he seemed quite interested that their sticky leaves eat flies.
Our only animal, aside the birds, was a big black slug, which O insisted I take a picture of to show Daddy.
By the time we got back to the car it was brightening up and the boys ran around in the car park area while eating apples and oatcakes. They were being quite cute and chasing each other around a grassy area. Then O would bend down and A would giggle on the other side of the tall grass and run round to find him. I love that they are now beginning to play games together, I think they will end up being quite close as they get older.