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About Forsinard Flows

RSPB Forsinard Flows reserve, bog pool with cotton grass, sphagnum etc

Image: Andy Hay

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.

Opening times

Reserve open at all times; visitor centre is open Easter to end of October, daily 9 am to 5 pm.

Entrance charges

Free, but donations to help us continue our work here are welcome.

Information for families

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.

Information for dog owners

This nature reserve is important for wildlife. RSPB Scotland welcomes responsible access, in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. During the ground-nesting bird breeding season (1 April to 15 August) we would ask that you keep your dog close to you, preferably on a short lead and please clean up after your dog. To safeguard the natural heritage of the area we request that dogs are kept on a lead on the Dubh Lochan Trail and do not enter the bog pools. A forest track near the visitor centre can be used for exercising dogs.

What can I do?

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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Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 58.35700,-3.89690
  • Grid reference: NC891425
  • Nearest town: Thurso, Highland
  • County: Highland
  • Country: Scotland

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