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Strong support for Flow Country World Heritage bid

By Niall Harkiss

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Flow Country. Aerial View. Credit Lorne Gill/NatureScot
Flow Country. Aerial View. Credit Lorne Gill/NatureScot

The Flow Country in Caithness and Sutherland has moved another step closer to becoming the world’s first peatland World Heritage Site on account of its blanket bog habitat and important biodiversity.

Highland Council, one of the lead agencies on the Flow Country Partnership, has just finished a 17-day series of community drop-in sessions around the counties to find out what local people thought about this exciting opportunity.

Climate change co-ordinator at Highland Council, Joe Perry, sits on the Flow Country Partnership Working Group.

He said: "We were delighted to speak to almost 250 people in-person at these events and to find a strong level of support for the World Heritage Site Project."

For those who were unable to attend the drop-in sessions in person, the council are holding an online consultation which will run into the summer.

Members of the public are invited can take a look at the draft World Heritage Site boundary and give their thoughts on the project by visiting the group's dedicated Commonplace page: flowcountry.commonplace.is

The Flow Country Partnership aims to submit its nomination to UNESCO by the end of 2022.

If successful, The Flow Country could become a World Heritage Site by 2024.

To find out more about The Flow Country and keep up to date with the World Heritage Site bid, you can visit the dedicated website: www.theflowcountry.org.uk

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