Caithness & Sutherland Peatlands

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Caithness & Sutherland Peatlands

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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  • Area: 
    143,503 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    58°21'N 04°01'W
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Caithness & Sutherland Peatlands. 02/02/99; Scotland; 143,503 ha; 58°20'N 003°56'W. The site forms one of the largest and most intact areas of blanket bog in the world, including an exceptionally wide range of vegetation and surface pattern types, some of which are unknown elsewhere. It supports a diverse range of breeding waterfowl, including internationally important populations of Dunlin (Calidris alpina schinzii) and nationally important populations of ten other waterfowl species. Human activities include nature conservation, tourism, fishing, grazing, and hunting. Ramsar site no. 971. Most recent RIS information: 2005.

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  • National legal designation: 
    • nnr
    • sssi
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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Ramsar Information Sheet (RIS)