Ambitious plans for the globally significant peatlands of Scotland’s Flow Country to achieve Unesco World Heritage Site designation have taken a major step forward.

The Flow Country, a vast area of blanket bog that spreads across 190,000 hectares of Caithness and Sutherland in Scotland’s far north, is estimated to store some 400 million tonnes of carbon – more than all the UK’s forests and woodlands combined – and supports a vast range of wildlife.

The team behind the campaign say gaining the highest protection for the site is an issue of national and international importance because of its environmental value.

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