TOWN & VILLAGE
Parks & gardens
Although town parks and urban trees are rare in Sutherland, towns and
villages such as Lochinver, Durness, Bettyhill, Melvich, Helmsdale, Brora,
Golspie and Dornoch have woodland, riverside and coastal walks joining the
towns to the surrounding countryside.
Birds such as house martins and swallows are
dependent on buildings and agriculture. Song thrushes are declining in
number, mainly as a result
of excessive hunting and the over-use of pesticides in their wintering
areas outwith the county, but they are still quite common.
Hedges and species-rich verges have also been identified as a locally
important habitat in Sutherland, retaining once abundant farmland plants
such as orchids, ragged robin, meadowsweet and water avens for local
communities and visitors to admire.