Volunteers needed to help save Lenzie Moss

Lenzie Moss. Friends of Lenzie Moss highlighting forthcoming family event 22.7.11 Pictrue by Jamie Forbes
Lenzie Moss. Friends of Lenzie Moss highlighting forthcoming family event 22.7.11 Pictrue by Jamie Forbes

LOYAL friends who rallied round to save a rare habitat from being destroyed are urging people to enjoy its beauty.

Lenzie Moss could have been lost forever – drained and used as a site for housing – had it not been for local campaigners who fought to keep it safe.

The Friends of Lenzie Moss successfully fended off housing plans and two public enquiries in the 1990s – eventually securing its status as a Local Nature Reserve in 2009.

Now, with the focus changing from campaigning to promotion, the Friends have set up a conservation volunteers’ group.

You can join them next Tuesday, August 2, for a ‘Creepy Crawlies and Conservation’ event between 1pm and 2.30pm.

Adults will be able to get their hands dirty with a taster in practical conservation work, while children have a fun time hunting for mini-beasts nearby with a countryside ranger.

The principal feature of the Moss is the raised peat bog – one of the few still remaining in central Scotland, making it a rare habitat of international significance.

However, conservation work is needed to keep birch woodland – and excessive draining – from lowering the water levels, affecting rare plants, organisms and wildlife.

The Moss covers around 40 hectares and has a history going back thousands of years, to the end of the last ice age.

Paul Dudman, chairman of the Friends of Lenzie Moss, said: “We need more people to help.

“Although most of the conservation work is a winter activity, we hold this event in the summer holidays to attract families.”

The group has already made a big impact clearing birch from the Moss and you are invited to see for yourself next Tuesday, August 2.

Meet at the Moss end of Lenzie Railway Station car park and follow the signs. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and take stout footwear/wellies.