Before beginning our journey, Imogen spoke about the brief history of the site to explain the geological formations that we would pass. Whilst the wind whistled past, the blue skies and snow-capped mountains were a spectacular sight to see as we started the walk.
We wandered along the waymarked route across the nature reserve, crunching through the fresh, crisp snow. You could see the ridges of the valley, formed into the landscape from the ancient volcanic lava flows.
I noticed that one of the boardwalks was under construction to protect the bog. Staff and volunteers had been attending conservation work parties to build these so that sundew, grass-of-Parnassus, and Sphagnum mosses could thrive. Imogen discussed the importance of Sphagnum moss for CO2 storage, air purification, and water storage – an advantage for flood alleviation and slowing the flow of water.