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Stirling FK8 2QG
t: 01786 469778
Project Development Manager Flow to the Future
c/o RSPB Scotland
North Scotland Regional Office Etive House
Inverness IV2 3B
t: 01463 715000
Stuart Gibb Director, Environmental Research Institute North Highland College
Ormlie Road, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 7EE
t: 01847 889 581/661
Senior Conservation Manager (North Scotland) RSPB
North Scotland Regional Office
t: 01463 715000 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Forestry Commission Scotland North Highland Forest District
Golspie Business Park
KW10 6UB t: 01408 634063
e:email@example.com w: http://www.forestry.gov.uk
Senior Site Manager
Forsinard Flows Nature Reserve Forsinard
t: 01641 571225 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Highland Council
t: 01463 702274
e: email@example.com w: http://www.highland.gov.uk
Environment and Social Forestry Manager
Forestry Commission Scotland Highland and Islands Conservancy 'Woodlands',
IV15 9XB t: 01349 862144
e:firstname.lastname@example.org w: http://www.forestry.gov.uk
The Peatlands Partnership includes Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission (Scotland), Highland Council, RSPB Scotland, Plantlife International and The Environmental Research Institute. It liaises with local community groups, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, the Scottish Government’s Rural Payments and Inspections Directorate and the North Sutherland Community Forest Trust. It is independently chaired by John Henderson of Scrabster Farm, Caithness.
The Peatlands Partnership was formed at the end of 2006 following the completion of the LIFE Peatlands Project and aims to develop and build on that project. The Partnership comprises 'core' organisations, together with other interested organisation and individuals, who will carry out and help fund the objectives set out in the Management Strategy document, 'The Peatlands of Caithness and Sutherland'.
DID YOU KNOW?
FLOW COUNTRY FACTS
The Flow Country of Caithness and Sutherland is part of a vast expanse
of blanket bog.
It is widely recognised as the largest expanse of blanket bog in
Blanket bog habitat covers approximately 400,000 hectares, 50% of the
total area of Caithness and Sutherland.
The area we now call ‘The Flow Country’, with its deep peat and typical
patterned pools, etc., covers about 200,000 hectares.
Peatlands are found in at least 175 countries and cover around 4
million km2 or 3% of the world’s land area.
The UK is amongst the top ten nations of the world in terms of its
total peatland area. The UK has between 9 -15% of Europe’s peatland
area (46,000 -77,000 km2) and about 13% of the world’s blanket bog –
one of the world’s rarest habitats.
Underneath the living peatland surface of The Flow Country is an
estimated 400 million tonnes of carbon. That’s more than twice the
amount found in all of Britain’s forests combined.
The carbon stored in Scotland’s soils (notably its peat and peaty
soils) is equivalent to over 180 years of greenhouse gas emissions
from Scotland at current emission rates.
The current activities of the Partnership include developing the Flow to the Future project, revision of the Peatlands Management Strategy and as a forum for discussing the possible listing of the Flow Country as a World Heritage Site. For details of these projects and the peatland related work of the partners, see the eNewsletters below.
22 September 08
1 November 07