Wild Swimmer Goes Full Flow

By July 2, 2019

Inverness-based wild swimmer, Calum Maclean, is standing up for The Flow Country and will host a one-off event at Eden Court this Sunday (7 July) alongside TV experts Neil Oliver and Professor Iain Stewart, which sets out why the fragile landscape of Sutherland and Caithness should become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Calum, who has explored some of Scotland’s wild and remote countryside as a swimmer, filmmaker and broadcaster, will be the MC at Full Flow. The evening event invites the audience to hear about the environmental and cultural importance of The Flow Country to Scotland’s climate emergency, the need to protect the spectacular beauty and wildlife of the area’s unique habitat and the part it plays in the lives of people who live here.

TV historian and archaeologist Neil Oliver will talk about the human and cultural history of The Flow Country, while geology’s ‘rock star’ Professor Iain Stewart will explore the ecological, geological and environmental importance of The Flow Country and its outstanding peatland habitat.

Both men will be joined by Professor Barry Gilbertson, who will share his experience as Chairman of a UNESCO World Heritage site, explaining what is World Heritage, and why it will be important for The Flow Country.

Organised by a consortium of leading conservation bodies, including members of The Peatlands Partnership and event sponsor Wildland Limited, Full Flow will promote and add context to an ongoing bid for UNESCO World Heritage Site Status for The Flow Country and the Scottish Highlands.

With Calum Maclean’s involvement alongside presentations from TV personalities, conservation experts and lovers of Scotland’s natural heritage, the hope is that Full Flow will appeal to a wide audience, including young people interested in what a World Heritage Site would mean for them.

Calum said:

“The Flow Country is a fascinating area and to achieve greater recognition and appreciation for this remarkable place would mean a great deal to all of us who enjoy Scotland’s natural environment.

“I am delighted to have been asked to compere the evening and very excited to hear all the speakers’ presentations.”

Project Co-ordinator for The Flow Country World Heritage Site Working Group, Joe Perry, is delighted to have Calum on board to host Full Flow. He said:

“Calum’s career as a wild swimmer has introduced many more people to the beautiful spaces that exist across Scotland and that the natural environment can be enjoyed in so many ways. I hope that Calum’s involvement in Full Flow will encourage more people to come and find out about The Flow Country and the bid for UNESCO World Heritage Site Status.”

Full Flow Event Details:

July 7, 2019 Eden Court Theatre, Inverness 7 – 9pm Ticket Price, £9, Concession £5 (booking & ID required)