Blawhorn Moss

Posted in Places

  • Two people walk along a boardwalk across a peat bog, which is bathed in low sunlight.
  • An interpretation panel that explains the formation of peat bog using brief text and lively illustrations.
  • A sculpture of conical structures on top of slender stalks.
  • A sculpture of a dragonfly, reflected in the still water of a bog pool.
  • A sculpture of three sinuous forms like tuning forks, with an egg-like stone in the centre of each.

A National Nature Reserve, and the largest area of raised bog in the Scottish Lowlands. I developed engaging interpretation panels and commissioned striking sculptures inspired by its microscopic secrets.

Raised bog can be a difficult environment to love. Scottish Natural Heritage had developed a boardwalk to encourage people to explore this wild place, together with a platform from which school groups can go pond dipping.

My brief for the interpretation was to explain the bog’s formation and importance, and to provide ‘something extra’ to add a sense of drama. I commissioned and worked with artist blacksmith Jim Whitson, who created sculptures inspired by the bog’s wildlife and the remarkable sexual reproduction of mosses.