• Trail Diversion - Forsinain

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    Trail Diversion - Forsinain

    Visitors should be aware that there is now a trail diversion in place on the 4 mile Forsinain Trail at the Forsinard Flows reserve. 

    While the trail through the farm and along the river is the same as normal a diversion is in place once through the deer fence above the farm. The diversion shortens the route to 3 miles and follows the boundary fence of the Forsinain plantation…

    • 19 Jun 2018
  • Our 2018 Interns are here!!

    With so many summer migrants starting to show up on the Forsinard Flows reserve in Caithness & Sutherland it seemed appropriate to also welcome our new interns for 2018! - Our interns will be helping with a whole host of surveys and scientific research as well as leading guided walks and helping with practical management and restoration tasks. From left to right we have; Fairlie, Alice, Shenaz and Harris. If you are…

    • 13 Apr 2018
  • Are you ready for a new conservation challenge in 2018?

    Are you ready for a new conservation challenge in 2018? - Here are 4 opportunities to help conserve and enthuse others about the internationally important peatlands of the Flow Country and 4 reasons why you really should apply for them! 

     

    We have FOUR conservation internship placements with the RSPB at Forsinard Flows, running from March to October 2018 that we are currently recruiting for, based in and working on the…

    • 20 Dec 2017
  • Visit to the Flows

    This is our latest blog by Stuart Benn, RSPB Communications and Conservation Project Officer based in Inverness.

     

    There was a lovely wee film about the RSPB’s work in the Flow Country on the One Show recently – the drone footage was amongst the best I’ve seen to get across its wide, boggy expanses, normally so difficult to capture. (It's available for another 25 days to view HERE, if you are interested…

    • 4 Sep 2017
  • Visitors to Reserve: Road Closed Notice

    Visitors to Reserve: Road Closed Notice

    Visitors to the reserve should be aware that the A897 will be closed from Midday Saturday 16th September to 8pm Sunday 17th September 2017 in order that works can be carried out at the rail crossing at Forsinard.

    • 4 Sep 2017
  • BBC ONE Show: Fishing for Ducks!

    If you missed our short film on scoter conservation on the BBC ONE Show you can catch it on BBC iplayer for the next 29 Days. Our film starts towards the end of the episode from 24:36min onward.

    Massive thanks to the BBC film crew who we worked with on this.   http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b092pksz/the-one-show-30082017

    • 31 Aug 2017
  • Exciting new opportunity at RSPB Forsinard Flows

    Exciting new opportunity at RSPB Forsinard Flows

    RSPB Forsinard is the RSPB’s largest reserve...and we love to share the experience of this fascinating and vast peatland with as many visitors and volunteers as possible...but we have a problem...we are also fairly remote, just 15 miles south from the very top of the British mainland!

    But never fear...we have an exciting solution... New for 2017, we are offering…

    • 2 Jun 2017
  • Visitor Centre - Latest 29/05/2017

    Exciting times at the Forsinard Visitor Centre!

    The refurbishment of the visitor centre is almost complete with the vast majority of the exhibition now installed. Here are a couple of photographs of the our new look to whet your appetite!

    The visitor centre is open 7 days a week at this time of year from 9am - 5pm with guided walks on a Monday and Tuesday; check out the reserve page for more details www.rspb.org…

    • 29 May 2017
  • Fantastic funding news from EOCA

    Fantastic funding news from EOCA

    I’m delighted to be able to bring you an exciting update on the public vote for European Outdoor Conservation Association funding we took part in earlier this year. As you may recall we asked for your support to help us secure funding from EOCA for our peatland restoration project and you did not disappoint, voting in for it in your thousands to result in the vote ending with us…

    • 15 May 2017
  • Visitor Centre - Latest 24/04/17

    Now that the painter has just about finished with the visitor centre it will be open from 0900 - 1700 each day so that visitors can use the toilet facilities. Please be aware that there is no peatland display or interpretive material in the centre at this time as the whole centre is being refurbished at the same time as part of the Flow to the Future project. We have been advised that it will take most of April and…

    • 24 Apr 2017
  • Thank you for supporting our peatland restoration project

    Thank you for supporting our peatland restoration project


    You may remember last month we asked for your support for our peatland restoration project which was in the running to receive funding from European Outdoor Conservation Association. A huge thank you to everyone who took a moment to vote for us! With the results now counted and verified our project finished in second place in the nature category.

    Although this…

    • 8 Apr 2017
  • Forsinard Flows Visitor Centre - Refurbishment Notice

    As part of the Peatland Partnership’s Flows to the Future project our visitor centre at Forsinard is being refurbished in April and May 2017.

    A new peatland exhibition will explain how the blanket bog of the Flow Country formed, why it is so important and how the RSPB is restoring large areas of peatland that have been damaged through inappropriate forestry and agricultural practices.

    There will also be a…

    • 1 Apr 2017
  • Our peatland restoration project needs your vote!

    Our peatland restoration project needs your vote!

    We’ve got some great news here at RSPB Scotland Forsinard Flows nature reserve; a project to restore part of the intricate blanket bog at the reserve is in the running to receive funding from the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA). The final decision is decided by a public vote on the EOCA website - whichever project has the most votes in each category…

    • 9 Mar 2017
  • Wintry points of view...

    Some reflections on our recent wintry spell by Ben, one of our residential volunteers.

    As an Englishman I usually get quite excited at the sight of snow. Up here in Forsinard I’m finding the snow to be a bit of a drag though, especially with it driving at the windows with gale force winds (by the morning of the 12th we had about an inch of snow already on the ground)! The snow means we can’t do any of our work out…

    • 25 Jan 2017
  • Go with the Flows in 2017...Residential Internship Opportunities!

     

     

    Some of our previous residential volunteers  / View out across the flows from the top of Sletill Hill

    Go with the Flows in 2017...Residential Internship Opportunities!

    Are you interested in wildlife, conservation, climate change?  Are you looking to gain important skills and experience with a view to pursuing a career  in conservation?  Do you want to help give nature a home, share your passion for wildlife...and…

    • 4 Jan 2017
  • Flows Lookout: Giving Nature a Home!!

    It´s been just over a year since the Flows Lookout was built at RSPB Forsinard Flows. More than 3000 visitors have been up since the opening in June 2016 and have enjoyed the view across the blanket bog and the dubh lochans pools from the top. In less than a year the building has been awarded a RIAS (Incorporation of Architects in Scotland) architectural award and has attracted the attention of National Geographic photographers…

    • 19 Aug 2016
  • Gardening for Wildlife: looking good and helping nature!

    Recently at RSPB Forsinard Flows we’ve been renovating the stone planters in the Visitor Centre car park. Our Visitor Operations Volunteer, Naomi Dalton, came up with a plan to make the flower beds nicer but also friendly for wildlife. She's been pulling up the scattering of weeds and planting  a selection of plants that are both attractive and great for wildlife in their place. She's written this blog about…

    • 5 Aug 2016
  • A Grand Day Out for Rainbows and Guides

    For the Visitor Experience Team, we are now in our busiest time of year. As well as holidaymakers, over the past few weeks classes from many local schools have visited the reserve for a fun and educational day out in the run up to the end of term. On the 11th June we welcomed the Rainbows and Guides from Thurso, a group of girls aged 5 to 15 full of enthusiasm and curiosity about the Flow Country. For most this was their…

    • 1 Jul 2016
  • Bin it!

    Last week, Naomi (Visitor Experience volunteer), Paul Turner (Warden) and myself (Visitor experience officer) went out to do some litter picking on the sides of the road that goes along the Strath Halladale. At the beginning I wasn’t expecting to find that much rubbish; just a few bottles and bags. Well, this is the result after about 2 hours of litter picking:

     

     

    We collected a great amount of rubbish: bottles…

    • 29 May 2016
  • Sundews are back at RSPB Forsinard Flows!

    The first sundews of the season are back on the Dubh Lochan Trail. Here at Forsinard we love these tiny clever plants, which at the moment are smaller than the nail on your little finger - that’s about 5 mm! So if you’re thinking about going for an eye test, just come to Forsinard and if you manage to spot them you’ll get full marks from the optician!

    Sundews are carnivorous plants that only grow in…

    • 20 May 2016
  • Expanding our Visitor Team

    Hello. I’m Naomi, the Visitor Operations Volunteer here at Forsinard Flows. A previous foray into Caithness gave me a glimpse into the intriguing habitats of the Flow Country and a sample of its incredible expanse, this captured my imagination and I leapt at the chance to return this summer. For the next 3 months I’ll be helping Marina in and around the visitor centre and on guided walks.

    For the past 4…

    • 13 May 2016
  • Hello everyone!

    I’m Marina, the Visitor Experience Officer for this visitor season at Forsinard Flows. I volunteered last summer doing breeding bird surveys at Forsinard; that means walking lots and resting not much! But it also means getting to experience the bog in a way not many people have done and getting a real feeling of satisfaction from overcoming all the challenges the bog presents (sometimes as simple as not getting your…

    • 27 Apr 2016
  • Visitor Season at Forsinard Flows

    Over the last couple of weeks there has been a noticeable change...spring is definitely in the air at Forsinard Flows as the weather changes (I hesitate to say ‘improves’) and we start to see some of our summer migrants return to the flow country for the breeding season.

    Already I have seen golden plover and meadow pipit from the Flows Lookout Tower on the Dubh Lochan Trail and common lizards basking on the…

    • 1 Apr 2016
  • Winds of Change

    Well here at Forsinard I've lost Anna my Information Assistant! Not lost as in she is wandering around the bog somewhere or fallen in a deep peaty pool. Stolen is probably a better word to use; again not that she has been kidnapped or abducted....maybe "head-hunted" is better....anyway...Anna has become the new Assistant Warden at RSPB Tayside Reserves and will be based down at Loch Leven, just south of Perth.…

    • 11 Aug 2015
  • Tales of Towers, Trails and Tempting Treats!

     

    Lots of things have been happening at the Forsinard Flows nature reserve over the last couple of months and finally I’ve had a chance to sit down and tell you a bit about them.

    Tower

    Back in June our Flows Lookout Tower was completed and opened to the public along with the new boardwalk. The tower (not a hide!) is designed to give people spectacular views across the Dubh Lochan pool system and the vast peatland…

    • 22 Jul 2015