The Flow Country

A major study that aimed to give people throughout Scotland a taste of this epic landscape.

The Flow Country, a huge area of blanket bog in the far north-east of Scotland, can claim to be Britain’s last wilderness.

The interpretation and visitor experience plan supported a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) for a major programme of habitat restoration, access improvement and interpretation. The project will create a modern study centre and landmark attraction at the RSPB’s base at Forsinard, together with a series of places where visitors can experience the vastness of the flows. A vital part of the programme is to raise awareness of the flows and their importance for wildlife and climate management among people who may never go there.

Together with Aaron Lawton Associates, I developed the proposals for access and interpretation. They include a viewing tower overlooking an area of bog pools, innovative projects using art and craft commissions, and custom-designed landmark features and trails. Like all our planning work, the proposals built on an intensive programme of site visits, research, and consultation with site staff.