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Caithness News Bulletins August 2005
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|Peatlands Strategy 2005 - 2015 (A Pdf file)|
New Era For Globally Important
Caithness and Sutherland have the biggest extent of blanket bog in the UK and possibly the world. Large parts of the area are formally recognised under the UK Wildlife and Countryside Act and the EC Wild Birds and Habitats Directives, and have also been proposed as a World Heritage Site.
A key aim of the strategy is to provide a clear plan for the future of all the peatlands in Caithness and Sutherland, within and outwith designated areas, by promoting good land management and co-ordinated action. An underlying theme is to see how the community and economic benefits of the peatlands can be maximised, without damaging the interest of the peatlands themselves.
Included in the strategy are measures to address the balance between peatland and forestry in the area, and for increasing the amount of native woodland. The identification of new opportunities for tourism and recreation will also be pursued, in light of the fact that there are currently very few places where people can see and enjoy the peatlands at close quarters.
The LIFE Peatlands Project, is part funded by the European Union's LIFE Nature Programme, and supported by Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, RSPB and Plantlife International.
Launching the strategy, Rhona Brankin MSP said: "I am delighted to be here today to launch the Peatlands Strategy. The future of these peatlands will now be ensured through striking a careful balance between land use, forestry, conservation and recreation. The comprehensive nature of the plan is a real testament to many organisations who have worked together to make today a reality."
Project chairman, Dr Pete Mayhew, said: "This strategy really begins an exciting new chapter for the peatlands. It is an incredibly beautiful place, fragile and rare, and one for which the Partnership has already done a great deal. The strategy will help shape and manage how we use and care for this place in years to come. It will help ensure what makes the area a special place to live, work and visit stays special for future generations to enjoy."
Seminar at ERI, Thurso Thursday
25 august 2005 5.00pm