Funding sought to preserve the Flow Country's peat bog
30 July 2013 Last updated at 15:10 BST
Ambitious plans to restore vast tracts of peat bog in the Flow Country of Caithness and Sutherland are being finalised.
RSPB Scotland has said it hopes to win millions of pounds in lottery funding to pay for the removal of commercial forestry plantations.
The project will cost an estimated £9m and take five years to complete.
BBC Scotland's environment correspondent David Miller has been taking a look at the moorland.
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