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A threatened landscape, peatlands have vanished across much of Scotland, but the RSPB is helping to preserve this vital area of internationally important habitat. Summer is the time to come, when golden plovers, hen harriers and greenshanks breed.Why not come on a guided bog walk to get up close to the fascinating flora and fauna? You'll see carnivorous plants like sundew and butterwort, as well as creepy crawlies like great diving beetles. The visitor centre also has games and activities for children. You can get a self-service hot drink in the visitor centre. For a hot meal, head to Melvich, 15 miles (25 km) north.
Reserve open at all times; visitor centre is open Easter to end of October, daily 9 am to 5 pm.
Free, but donations to help us continue our work here are welcome.
The visitor centre has a selection of games, jigsaws and activities for children. There are Wildlife Explorer backpacks available free of charge for children to take out on the trail to explore the wildlife on the reserve. Families regularly go on the twice-weekly guided walks.
It is requested that dogs are not walked on the Dubh Lochan Trail or guided walks and are kept under close control over the rest of the reserve at all times to avoid disturbance to breeding birds and deer. A forest track near the visitor centre has provision for exercising dogs
Triodos Bank are helping us give peatland wildlife a home. Open an account with Triodos, deposit £100 or more and they'll donate £40 to our vital peatland restoration work.
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Note: Some reserves are not served directly by public transport and, in these cases, a nearby destination (from which you may need to walk or take a taxi or ferry) may be offered.