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Lindsay, Richard; Charman, D.J.; Everingham, F.; O'Reilly, R.M.; Palmer, M.A.; Rowell, T.A.; Stroud, D.A. (1988)
Publisher: Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Languages: English
Types: Book
This NCC publication is one of two which describes the nature conservation interest and importance of the Flow Country, in Caithness and Sutherland, northern Scotland. This area is now recognised as the largest expanse of blanket bog in Europe and the report provided the first global review of the extent of this peatland type. The Flow Country is of outstanding importance, both nationally and internationally. These peatlands are three times larger than any other in either Britain or Ireland. The scale and diversity of the habitat is unique, and the total size and range of bird species present, and other aspects of the fauna, is of international importance. At the time of publication, in the mid-1980s, this area was suffering from widespread afforestation. This 1988 review summarised NCC’s detailed surveys of peatland vegetation in the Flow Country, and is complementary to a 1987 publication Birds, bogs and forestry: the peatlands of Caithness and Sutherland which outlined the ornithological importance of this area, and documented and called for a halt to the destructive afforestation which was then occurring.
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    • Japan lies at the southern latitudinal limit for true blanket bog in the northern hemisphere, but Gore (1983a) states that simple, unpatterned blanket bog occurs on the slopes of Mount Taisetsu in Hokkaido and several mountains on Honshu. Gimingham (1984) describes the Oze mire complex on Honshu as a series of patterned raised mires lying in an upland valley. The hydromorphological similarity between this complex and that of the Silver Flo we in Galloway, described by Ratcliffe & Walker (1958), is noteworthy.
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