Birds, bogs and forestry: the peatlands of Caithness and Sutherland

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Stroud, D.A., Reed, T.M., Pienkowski, M.W. and Lindsay, R. 1988. Birds, bogs and forestry: the peatlands of Caithness and Sutherland. Nature Conservancy Council.
AuthorsStroud, D.A., Reed, T.M., Pienkowski, M.W. and Lindsay, R.
TypeTechnical report
Abstract

NCC’s Upland Bird Survey had surveyed a significant area of the Flow Country between 1979 and 1986, and the 1987 report analysed and published the data from those surveys, together with those obtained from eight sites in Caithness surveyed by RSPB in 1985 using NCC methods.

The results highlighted losses of up to 19% of the populations of Golden Plover, Greenshank and Dunlin in the Flow Country area as a result of then widespread and rapidly occurring afforestation of the peatlands. NCC considered that this land-use change represented “perhaps the most massive single loss of important wildlife habitat in Britain since the Second World War.”

Although Birds, bogs and forestry also included summary results from other NCC surveys in Caithness and Sutherland, these studies of peatland vegetation were reported in more detail in the complementary report The Flow Country, published by NCC the following year.

As a result of the case made by Birds, bogs and forestry and The Flow Country, a substantial proportion of the extent of these peatlands was designated as a Ramsar site and also classified under European nature Directives as a Special Protection Area and Special Area of Conservation.

Year1988
PublisherNature Conservancy Council
Web address (URL)http://www.jncc.gov.uk/page-4322
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EditorsRatcliffe, D.A. and Oswald, P.H.
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