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Carse of Forth

The Carse of Forth is the name given to the fertile land on either side of the River Forth from Grangemouth in the east to the upper reaches of the River Forth, near the Lake of Monteith, in the west. Extending over an area of 39 square miles (100 square km) and with a total length of 30 miles (50 km), it is the most extensive of Scotland's alluvial flood plains. The western section is known as the Carse of Stirling; the Carse of Falkirk and Carse of Kinneil lies to the southeast of Stirling, while the Carse of Clackmannan lies to the east and the Carse of Lecropt is located to the northwest.

From 1767 agricultural improvements in the Carse of Stirling resulted in large areas of raised bog peat, up to 6m (20 feet) thick, being cleared from the Drip Moss, the Moss of Ochtertyre and Blairdrummond Moss. The only substantial remains of this peat cover are at Flanders Moss near Kippen.


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