I am delighted that the new field centre is taking shape. When it opens – sometime in the Autumn – it will provide a fantastic base for research students and volunteers from around the world. The Flow Country is of international importance and for the first time students will have an actual base in the heart of The Flow Country from which to conduct their studies.
The construction is being managed by Thurso-based contractor O’Brien Construction Ltd and has reached a significant milestone, with the frame of the building now in place. It is now possible to gain a sense of what the building will look like. It’s a major step forward for Sutherland and Caithness thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and many other partners.
Later this year research students, long term volunteers, school and university groups will have purpose built accommodation and research facilities at Forsinard, in the centre of the Flow Country. They will be able to conduct research into a range of peatland and climate change issues including the effects of the ground-breaking peatland restoration techniques being carried out by RSPB Scotland, The Forestry Commission Scotland and private land managers. In addition, it is expected that it will make a significant long term contribution to the local economy.