For millennia, Scotland’s bogs have stood as open landscapes while all around them our great forests have come and gone.
Scotland has more than one million hectares of bogland, which represents two-thirds of the total area of boglands in Britain.
The ‘Flow Country’ has been recognised by international specialists as unique and of global importance.
Very few parts of Scotland look as similar today as they did in the Bronze Age. Traditionally people have typically steered clear of bogs, to avoid plunging into the watery sphagnum carpet.
This living landscape is home to unusual carnivorous plants that feast on a rich insect life. Only a few mammals are found here, among them the otter, badger, pine marten, stoat and weasel. Red deer – our largest land animal – wallow in peat baths to get rid of flies and parasites.
Dyes used in Scottish tartans originate from bog plants and our whisky wouldn’t taste the same without its peaty flavour. Find out how peat is formed over centuries and the pressures that have put it at risk in the past and in some cases continue to do so today.
Read our booklet to unearth the secrets of this living landscape.
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