The Secrets of Sphagnum
For the past few centuries peat bogs (or mosslands as we call them here in Lancashire) have been considered god-forsaken wastelands, impassable ‘by man or horse’, ‘too dry to farm, too wet fish’. Drained and excavated they have only been valued in so far as they provide land for farming and peat for energy and horticulture.
Only, in the last fifty years, with the rise of the environmental movement and growing awareness of the climate crisis have we begun to recognise them as habitats valuable in the themselves and as carbon sinks that hold twice as much carbon as forests.
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