RSPB Forsinard Flows; view from visitor trail, including snow-capped Ben Griam, Highland, Scotland

Flow Country Partners

  • 2 million The number of trees we aim to remove to save the peat bogs
  • 4000 km2 Flow Country is the largest area of blanket bog in Europe
  • 50 years Trees planted in the 1970s have been slowly drying the peat

Saving Flow Country

Thanks to our supporters, we have secured the purchase of Forsinard and Dyke, and can now start the vital process of restoring the damaged peatland back to bog.

But this is only the beginning of our work here.

Known as the Flow Country, this extraordinary landscape is sadly one of the last great wilderness areas still left in the UK.

In the 1970s, large parts of the vast peatland blankets of Caithness and Sutherland were planted with non-native conifers that are now drying out the peat - literally sucking the life out of this precious habitat.

Forsinard RSPB reserve, Sutherland, Scotland

What we'll be doing

There's nothing wrong with forestry in the right place. But conifer plantations and blanket bog simply don't mix.

We urgently need to remove the plantations from these wonderful peatlands. Cleared areas will quickly be colonised by sphagnum moss, cotton grass, and heather, and mean that birds and other wildlife which depend on the Flow Country will also be able to return.

Please help us restore Forsinain and Dyke and return this area of blanket bog to its full splendour. If we don't, the Flow Country will continue to suffer.

Staff at work, leading a guided walk along the Dubh Lochan trail at Forsinard Flows RSPB nature reserve, Sutherland, Highland region, Scotland, July 2013

Why we need your help

When you set up a regular donation to our Flow Country appeal, you'll become a Flow Country Partner.

Your support will allow us to remove two million spruce trees, mean we can re-profile the miles of damaged furrows, ridges and tree-stumps, and ensure that the habitat is suitable once more for moisture-loving plants.

Please help us before it's too late. For each year the plantations remain, they continue to suck the water from the fragile peat, and shade out other plants and wildlife which characterise the Flow Country.

 RSPB Forsinard Flows; view from visitor trail, including snow-capped Ben Griam, Highland, Scotland. November 10, 2010.