The Flows is the largest single expanse of blanket bog in the world. Because of this, it’s on the UK candidate list for World Heritage Site status.
The bog acts as a massive carbon store and supports a wide range of wildlife. However, some areas have been damaged or are under threat as a result of conifer plantations, artificial drainage, badly managed heather burning and trampling by deer.
To address this, the Peatland Partnership recently secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund which will be put towards a £9.8 million project for restoration, interpretation and education projects.
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Reserves and other protected areas are a key part of Futurescapes. They provide core areas for nature to thrive and eventually repopulate the surrounding landscapes. The key RSPB reserves within this Futurescape are:
A threatened landscape, peatlands have vanished across much of Scotland. However, the RSPB is helping to preserve this vital area of internationally important habitat. Summer is the best time of year to visit, when golden plovers, hen harriers and greenshanks breed. Why not join a guided bog walk to get up close to the fascinating flora and fauna?
We're working to safeguard and improve special places for nature. Each Futurescape contains a range of initiatives in addition to our reserves. The combination of these creates better conditions for wildlife across the countryside.
In the Flow Country in northern Scotland, the RSPB has encouraged extensive scientific evaluation of its peatland restoration. These efforts have mainly focused on the largest reserve, Forsinard Flows.
Futurescapes is all about collaboration. There are many organisations and people involved in managing land in the Flows Our challenge is working together to find ways of making more space for nature. To achieve this we’re working with:
Saving special places
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