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16 Sep 2019

Visit one of the world’s last wild places

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Welcome to the Flow Country – one of the world’s last wild places, stretching across Caithness and Sutherland in the far north of Scotland. This vast expanse of blanket bog is a vital defence against the effects of climate change.

From above the land is a mottled pattern of peat and pools, their colours shifting like an opal. But look a little closer and you’ll find a world of amazing plants, rare birds, and a place to be inspired by peace and space.

About the Flow Country

The Flow Country is a vast expanse of blanket bog in the North of Scotland. Blanket bog is a rare type of peatland which forms only in cool places with plenty of rain and covers the landscape like a blanket. 

Peatlands are for people as well as wildlife. It’s hard to grow crops on the wet bog itself, but in the wide, shallow valleys that cut through it – called straths in Scotland – people have lived and farmed for thousands of years.

Today, The Flow Country is being managed to encourage community and economic development, as well as to benefit the peatland environment. You’ll find thriving communities along the straths and around the edges of the rolling moorland, and fascinating stories of how people live and work alongside the peat bog.

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