The Portlethen Moss Conservation Group is made up of members from within the community of Portlethen.
We have been a fully constituted group since June 2007 and have charitable status (SC040350).
We are supported by and work closely with Aberdeenshire Council and its Ranger Service, Scottish Natural
Heritage (SNH), the Forestry Commission, the community and the three local schools within Portlethen.
Portlethen Moss is an area of natural raised acidic bog which supports a variety of plant and animal species;
however over the years the area has been subject to certain development pressures and as a consequence
much of what was the Moss has now been lost. As a result of this the group was formed to work towards
preserving what is left of this environmentally sensitive area and to work towards gaining
Local Nature Reserve (LNR) status.
The entrance area at Bruntland Road is owned by Aberdeenshire Council and youíll note that this is the
only area that we have been able to make improvements to. Funding from the Forestry Commissionís
Woodlands in and Around Towns (WIAT) scheme has enabled us to make these improvements
which consist of the all abilities paths, the tree planting and the gorse control.
The ultimate aim of the group is to get Local Nature Reserve (LNR) status for the Moss and for this we work
closely with and are fully supported by Aberdeenshire Council. However we are still in the process of
endeavoring to enter into talks with the various landowners of the other areas of the Moss and until
they agree to enter into a Management Agreement with the group and Aberdeenshire Council we are
unfortunately unable to carry out any improvements or conservation work in these areas.
The group has recently taken on board a second major environmental project - the creation of a
Community Woodland within Portlethen in an area which is currently owned by Aberdeenshire Council
which is located just over the railway bridge on the Downies Road, adjacent to the Church at the
North end of the site. A letter was sent Mr. William Munro, Area Manager, Aberdeenshire Council in July 2007
requesting the Council to consider the groups aspirations for the area and as a result we now have
full backing for this project.
The Portlethen Moss Conservation Group endeavours to raise funds for both of the above projects and we
have been fortunate to receive funding from the WIAT as mentioned above and the companies
Talisman and Petrofac. However the Moss requires constant maintenance such as gorse control;
care for 2,000 newly planted trees and the hedgerow at the main entrance to name but a few and
the Community Woodland site is a huge and exciting project in its very early stages.
Both projects are of benefit to the community, education and biodiversity and the group will continue
to work to raise funds to maintain these projects.
If you would like to become a member of the group or help out at any events
please contact us via our website or Facebook page