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Forsinard Nature Reserve
|RSPB FORSINARD PEATLAND RESERVE|
|The RSPB Forsinard
Visitor Centre And Nature Reserve lies in the heart of the
internationally important flows of north Scotland.
The rolling landscape of bogland, studded with thousands of pools is home to a wide range of rare and unusual birds, animals and plants. Here greenshanks, golden plovers, dunlin, merlin and hen harrier breed. they share the peatlands with millions of insect eating sundew plants, dragonflies and red deer.
Open Daily 9.00am to
6.00pm - 1st April to end of October (Disabled Access and
Dubh Lochan Trail
One mile (1.5km) long with self-guided leaflet. Visits a cluster of ancient bog pools. Allow one to two hours (no wheelchair access).
Things To Look Out For
The A897 public road
follows Strath Halladale and runs through the centre of the
reserve. Many of the birds breeding on the bogs visit the fields a
mile north of the visitor centre or the sides of the river to feed and
can be seen from the roadside. between April and July look for
small flocks of Golden Plovers, Dunlins and Greylag Geese in the fields,
and listen for curlews, lapwings, oystercatchers and even greenshanks
calling on the on the moorland along the river.
How to find us
On the A897 road in north Sutherland. From Helmsdale turn inland and follow the A897 for 26 miles. From the north coast road turn inland two miles east of Melvich and follow the A897 for 14 miles. The Inverness to Wick train stops outside the visitor centre. There is no bus service away from the coast road. Food is available locally. Click here for a road map of the area.
From the Train - For information on trains Tel 0345 484950
The excellent rail journey
from Inverness takes you over saltmarsh, along miles of sandy beaches
and mudflats, through woodlands and mountains before finally crossing
the bogs to Forsinard. The best view of the bogs is from the train
between Forsinard and Thurso to the north.
Etive house, Beechwood Park, Inverness, IV2 3BW Tel 01463 715000 Fax 01463 715315