For peat’s sake: the race is on to save Britain’s disappearing moorland bogs. Blanket bog, an upland peatland habitat, is fairly unique. Only a few European countries have any at all and it is mostly concentrated in Ireland, Scotland and England. About 92% of England’s blanket bog is in the north of the country, mostly in Yorkshire. But this vital and delicate part of the ecosystem is disappearing, in many cases having been deliberately drained to graze sheep and shoot grouse, and now the moorland is etched with deep channels through which, each year, hundreds of tonnes of crucially important peat is simply being washed away by the weather.
Guardian 12th Sept 2021 read more »