Forsinard Mural Project Complete

After a lot of hard work and a lot of fun the new peatland mural in the Forsinard Flows visitor centre is now complete. When visiting you will find it on your right as you walk in. Completed in acrylic, I began in April and then finished from late June into late July.

The mural features much of the iconic flora and fauna of the Flow Country, including one of Britain’s most persecuted bird species, the Hen Harrier. This species is still found in the Flow Country, but has been driven to near extinction across many other parts of Britain. The spectacle of ghostly grey males and their beautiful sky dancing displays has sadly become a rare sight in our landscape. As regular readers will know, raptor persecution is an issue close to my heart and so I was keen to make the Hen Harrier a focal point of the mural. If, like me, you want to support efforts to protect this species, support Hen Harrier Day on August 9th and join the Thunderclap for Hen Harriers.

There are many other species in the mural, how many do you recognise? What wildlife do you enjoy and why? Tell me in the comments below.


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10 comments

  1. Janice well done you have captured the life of the Flows. I look forward to visiting the new centre. I grew up at Forsinain farm 1954-1964, where my step dad was a shepherd in the Flows for many years. I got to know them well from him, and spent many happy hours wandering and absorbing the life there. The sound of the Snipe (flying billy goat) and the Curlew on summer evenings are still with me. The Grouse calling (go back go back go back) and the larks and many other sights and sounds. I remember the RAF dropping food to us for the livestock and deer during one bad winter. The snow was level with the back of the houses.Your mural brings it all back. Thanks again.

    • My pleasure, I’m really glad you like it. I hope you enjoy visiting. It must have been quite different before the plantations. Hopefully it will be that way again one day 🙂

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