Martin Hesp: Let's not have a pint in Yorkshire's Jamaica Inn | Western Morning News
... there is something very special about moorland, as a new book just out reminds us:
The Moor: Lives, Landscape, Literature – review | Books | The Guardian
The Moor, William Atkins
The Moor: Lives Landscape Literature: Amazon.co.uk: William Atkins: Books
Around the country, there have been several campaigns to protect our remaining moorlands:
Bog Squad To Protect Peatlands
Scottish peat bogs are set to receive a boost with the launch of a Butterfly Conservation Scotland ‘bog squad’ dedicated to saving these precious wildlife habitats.
The Bog Squad, was launched by Aileen Campbell MSP, at Langlands Moss Local Nature Reserve, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire. The ‘Bog Squad’ team is a volunteer task force, created to carry out rehabilitation works on damaged peat bogs across the Scottish Central Belt, with funding from the Scottish Government’s Green Stimulus Peatland Restoration Programme.
Scottish peat bogs are key wildlife habitats providing homes for the bog specialists such as the, Large Heath and other rare butterflies such as the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Green Hairstreak. Bog edges also provide vital homes for rare moths such as the Argent & Sable, Lunar Hornet and Wood Tiger.
Many Scottish bogs are in a poor state after being planted with alien conifers, damaged by drainage, used as dumps and stripped for garden use.
But they are increasingly valued for their biodiversity, and the 'ecosystem services' they provide, such as flood prevention and carbon storage.
Butterfly Conservation Bog Squad project Officer, Sara Green said: “Peatlands are not only beautiful and fascinating, they have their own unique wildlife. They also help us to reduce flooding and combat climate change by locking up carbon. We will be recruiting and training volunteers to help conserve these wonderful places.”
Butterfly Conservation - Bog Squad To Protect Peatlands
Even South-West Water are getting in on the act:
Increasingly we aim to work in partnership with our customers and communities... In other areas collaboration can lead to better, more sustainable solutions, rather than just being reliant on expensive engineering fixes to solve specific problems.
For example, on Exmoor and Dartmoor we’re working with our partners on total water catchment solutions. By restoring peat bogs on Exmoor a third less water now leaves the moorland during heavy rainfall compared with three years ago. We cannot be complacent in battle for highest water quality | Western Morning News
There have been several campaigns in the media to encourage us to use alternatives to peat in the garden:
Do we need to use peat? - Telegraph
BBC - Gardening - Gardening Guides: Today in your garden - Ethical gardening
I Don’t Dig Peat – Join the Fight for Peat-Free Gardening – Garden Organic
But the pressures on peat moors are massive:
That is: our peat bogs and moors are a massive store of carbon - and digging them up just exacerbates climate change:
May 9, 2014
Peat Soils vs. the Forests Above: Which Holds More Carbon? - The Equation