Category Archives: peatland restoration

Snails and grasshoppers on the menu at EU wild LIFE conference

Spiders, bees, grasshoppers, snails and other creepy-crawlies are top of the bill at an International nature conference taking place in Scotland this week. Wildlife specialists and project managers from across the European Union (EU) are meeting in Stirling for a … Continue reading

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Benefits for the birds! – the value of peatland restoration to grouse moor management

Balancing commercial and conservation objectives can sometimes be challenging but on this particular grouse moorland multiple benefits have successfully been achieved. Between 2014-16 Peatland ACTION supported the restoration of the peatlands at Hope’s Estate in East Lothian. Peatland ACTION Project … Continue reading

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The Bog Squad travel to Islay to work with the Argyll & the Isles Coast & Countryside Trust

The Bog Squad is a Peatland ACTION funded project managed by Butterfly Conservation Scotland that aims to help restore peatland habitats and promote their value as places where wildlife can thrive. In February the Bog Squad, including Rebecca Crawford, Peatlands … Continue reading

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Portmoak Moss – a community of peatland, woodland and people

Portmoak Moss,  is a ‘remnant raised bog’ close to the village of Scotlandwell in Perth and Kinross covering an area of approximately 34 hectares (12 ha of which has been cleared of trees and is in a gradual process of … Continue reading

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The Bog Body of Gunnister Man – an engaging mystery

Peat bogs occasionally reveal artefacts that have remained intact due to the preserving characteristics of wet, acidic, carbon rich (oxygen poor) soil. Famously these have included ‘bog bodies’ such as Tollund Man, Grauballe Man and Lindow Man. Closer to home, … Continue reading

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Improving and protecting drinking water quality at Sandy Loch, Shetland

Peatland ACTION Project Officer Lauren Dixon explains the link between healthy peatlands and drinking water by telling us about the restoration work at Sandy Loch, Shetland. Large bare peat surface contributing to high organic load and colour at the water … Continue reading

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Peatland ACTION – changing the landscapes of Scotland!

Peatland ACTION are working to restore degraded peatlands and breathe life back into this habitat, as Project Manager Andrew McBride explains… In your mind…picture Scotland’s peatlands. No doubt a vision of a large, expansive, remote brown coloured landscape. The image … Continue reading

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Celebrating World Water Day with Peatlands

Since 2012, over 10,000 hectares of peatlands have been set on the road to restoration through the Scottish Government-funded Peatland ACTION initiative, coordinated by Scottish Natural Heritage. On World Water Day, Fiona Mann, Peatland ACTION Communications Officer, explains the importance … Continue reading

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Under the boardwalk – Braehead Moss

Braehead Moss Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) beside the village of Braehead, is one of the best remaining examples of raised bog in central Scotland.  Raised bogs, an important habitat, are now restricted in their range within the British … Continue reading

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What do wetlands do for you?

On World Wetlands Day, Andrew McBride, Peatland ACTION Programme Manager, explains the importance of taking care of our wetlands by telling us about Sandy Loch. This northern loch provides drinking water for Lerwick and much of the Shetland mainland but … Continue reading

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