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The Flow Country goes on tour

Published Wednesday, 02 May 2018

Ben griam forsinard morning mist 011015 credit neil cowie rspb

A major exhibition opens this week at Low Parks Museum focussing on the Flow Country, one of Europe’s last wild places.

The Flow Country is a vast open landscape in the far north of Scotland, dominated by blanket bog, a rare type of peatland. It is the biggest blanket bog in Europe and the best example of its type in the world.

Not only is the area important for all sorts of specialist wildlife, but the bog also acts as a massive carbon store, trapping carbon that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere and contribute to climate change.

As well as stunning imagery, the exhibition includes a film, artefacts and hands-on children’s activities. There is also a virtual reality landscape model that allows you to fly over the bog as well as taking a virtual walk through the pools and unusual plants.

The exhibition opens on Saturday 5 May 2018 and will be on display Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sundays 12 noon to 5pm until Sunday 24 June 2018. You can find out more at http://www.theflowcountry.org.uk.

The exhibition is part of the Heritage Lottery Fund supported Flows to the Future project, which is restoring seven square miles of blanket bog habitat by removing forestry and blocking drains on RSPB Scotland’s Forsinard Flows  Nature Reserve. 

The project is also connecting people with this precious and important habitat. The Flows Lookout, an award winning viewing tower, has been constructed to allow visitors to view the characteristic landscape from above, and new exhibitions are now in place in Forsinard, Thurso and Strathnaver.