On Saturday 20th January Thurso Camera Club visited the RSPB Forsinard Flows Reserve to find out more about The Flow Country and see some of the peatland restoration work in action. The club were led by staff and volunteers from the Flows to the Future Project, RSPB Scotland and the Environmental Research Institute, University of the Highlands and Islands.
The group left Forsinard in thick fog but after climbing up further into the reserve they were rewarded with a temperature inversion that locked warm humid air in the valley and provided incredible vistas, with clouds spilling over Knockfin Heights and cloaking the flows in ethereal light. They visited the restoration sites where forestry is being removed from areas of deep peat to enable the return of specialist peatland plants and wildlife.
Bob Murdoch from the Camera Club said ‘The members thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Forsinard to find out more about the Flow Country and the work going on to restore the peatlands. Members have been inspired to return to the Flow Country to try and capture the wide variety of landscapes and habitats in their varying seasons and moods'
The visit was the start of a project that will result in a photography exhibition at the Flow Country conference in March being organised by the Environmental Research Institute in Thurso. The exhibition will form part of the ‘Poster & Taster’ Session on Wednesday 22nd March and is open to the public.
The Flow Country Conference will be taking place in Thurso from March 21st – 24th at Thurso Cinema and North Highland College. Visit www.eri.ac.uk for more information.