This could have positive implications for many features of the Flow Country – including water quality and fish.
A group behind a bid to secure world heritage site status for the Flow Country hopes to press its case at the COP26 climate conference this year.
The Flow Country Partnership is seeking to have the renowned area of peatland stretching across Caithness and Sutherland recognised alongside the Grand Canyon and the Great Barrier Reef as a natural world heritage site.
The area passed the technical evaluation stage last year and is now the UK’s official candidate site for world heritage site inscription.
The next step is to put together a full nomination to UNESCO (the United Nations educational, scientific and cultural organisation) which will make the final decision.