Art goes outdoors

Blaeberry, heather and lichen carpet growing on a raised bog at Flanders Moss NNR. Argyll and Stirling Area. ©Lorne Gill/SNH

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Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve near Stirling is to become an outdoor art gallery as part of the Forth Valley Art Beat festival.

The Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) reserve, which boasts the largest lowland raised bog in Britain, has proved inspirational for five artists whose work will be on display around the boardwalk path.

Flanders Moss is a vast expanse of all things damp and wonderful. From a distance, the perfectly formed domes of peat rise gently from their surroundings. Closer up, squelchy mats of sphagnum moss carpet the reserve with their swirling colours, while adders and lizards bask in the sunshine and snipe and stonechat call overhead.

Flanders Moss NNR, a raised bog.
Flanders Moss NNR, a raised bog.

David Pickett, Flanders Moss reserve manager, said: ‘We’re delighted that Flanders Moss is to be one of the venues for open studios week. The boardwalk path will be turned into an outdoor gallery and the artworks will be on display around the site. We want people to come and explore this special place and to see the wonderful art it has inspired.’

As well as being able to view the artwork, weekend visitors during the event will be able to talk to David and his staff about the bog and its wildlife.

Flanders Flight by Darren Rees, on display in the Bog Gallery.

Flanders Flight by Darren Rees, on display in the Bog Gallery.

The Forth Valley Art Beat Open Studios event runs until June 18. More than 140 artists take part in a variety of events at 80 different locations across central Scotland. You can find out more at the website