Scotland’s peatlands are equally as important to our planet’s rich environment as rainforests. They cover over 20% of Scotland and provide rich natural environments for a variety of flora and fauna. Here we explain the importance of peat as a natural resource and how critical it is that we protect it.
What are peatlands, and what are the benefits?
“Scotland’s peatlands and natural peat bogs embrace a variety of soil types and habitats, and act as important stores of carbon which help tackle damage to the environment from carbon emissions. Peat soils particularly in Scotland can absorb around 25 times as much carbon as all other plant life in the UK – the equivalent of over 180 years of greenhouse gasses. By keeping peatlands healthy, we ensure that the carbon continues to be absorbed by them and not emitted into the atmosphere where environmental damage occurs and may contribute to climate change.
“These unique peatlands are also internationally important wildlife habitats for different types of flora and fauna, many of which would not exist without these environments. Without peatlands, we are in danger of losing wild cranberries, insects such as large heath butterflies, and hen harriers and short-eared owls in Scotland.
“One way of protecting our peatlands, is to use alternative growing mediums. Peat is an amazing product which has many uses, yet it is important that we use alternatives where possible to protect the natural environments which it helps flourish.”
“Over the past ten years, we have been working with Scottish Natural Heritage and have developed a system which enables the healthy growth of plants without peat. The system, Enviroculture, uses a soil-less, aquatic-based environment and has proved to be very effective. As it uses no soil or peat, it is much cleaner than traditional systems and avoids the risk of soil-borne pests and bacteria.”
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