The Flow Country - The peatlands of Caithness and Sutherland
(1988)
Discontinued
R A Lindsay, D J Charman, F Everingham, R M O'Reilly, M A Palmer, T A Rowell and D A Stroud
Edited by D A Ratcliffe and P H Oswald

Summary

 
 
 
This NCC publication is one of two which describes the nature conservation interest and importance of the Flow Country, in Caithness and Sutherland, northern Scotland.  This area is now recognised as the largest expanse of blanket bog in Europe and the report provided the first global review of the extent of this peatland type.  The Flow Country is of outstanding importance, both nationally and internationally. These peatlands are three times larger than any other in either Britain or Ireland.  The scale and diversity of the habitat is unique, and the total size and range of bird species present, and other aspects of the fauna, is of international importance.  At the time of publication, in the mid-1980s, this area was suffering from widespread afforestation.

 

Part of the area now falls within the Caithness and Sutherland Peatlands SAC,  the Caithness and Sutherland Peatlands SPA , and the Caithness and Sutherland Peatlands Ramsar site.

 

This 1988 review summarised NCC’s detailed surveys of peatland vegetation in the Flow Country, and is complementary to a 1987 publication Birds, bogs and forestry: the peatlands of Caithness and Sutherland  which outlined the ornithological importance of this area, and documented and called for a halt to the destructive afforestation which was then occurring.

 

This report was published as a companion with Birds, Bogs & Forestry.

 
 
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  • Download The Flow Country The peatlands of Caithness and Sutherland in sections:
  • Download Part I Peatland ecology  (PDF, 1.6 mb) This section includes
    • Acknowledgement
      Introduction

      Chapter 1 The development and hydrology of mire systems
      Chapter 2 Classification of mire systems
      Chapter 3 Climate and world blanket bog distribution
  • Download Part IIa The peatlands of Caithness and Sutherland (PDF, 3.3 mb) This section includes
    • Chapter 4 The physical environment

      Chapter 5 Human impact

      Chapter 6 Forest history

      Chapter 7 Peatland distribution and area

      Chapter 8 The Nature Conservancy Council's Peatland Survey of Caithness and Sutherland

  • Download Part IIb The peatlands of Caithness and Sutherland (PDF, 3.2 mb) This section includes

    • Chapter 9 Mire features of note in Caithness and Sutherland
      Chapter 10 Analysis of vegetation communities
      Chapter 11 Distribution of notable plant species
      Chapter 12 Analysis of site types
      Chapter 13 The definition of nature conservation requirements
  • Download Part III The freshwater habitats of Caithness and Sutherland (PDF, 1.9 mb) This section includes
    • Chapter 14 Recent surveys of aquatic flora and fauna
      Chapter 15 The impacts of afforestation on freshwater habitats
      Chapter 16 Selection of freshwater habitats for nature conservation

  • Download Part IV This section includes (PDF, 2.2 mb)

    • Chapter 17 The ornithological importance of the Caithness and Sutherland blanket bogs
      Chapter 18 The amalgamation of different conservation interests in the Caithness and Sutherland peatland
  • Download Annex and Reference (PDF, 2.9 mb)
 
Please cite as: R A Lindsay, D J Charman, F Everingham, R M O'Reilly, M A Palmer, T A Rowell and D A Stroud, (1988), The Flow Country - The peatlands of Caithness and Sutherland, Edited by D A Ratcliffe and P H Oswald