Peat, peat lands and bogs are the world’s largest soil carbon pool, support a unique biological community, and provide important ecological, economic and protective functions, such as groundwater recharge and pollutant removal – we should love them.
If you do and you’re interested in preserving them you’ll like these: http://www.egs.mmu.ac.uk/peatbog/ or http://www.peatbog.org/.
We love them and recently got involved because our equipment – two Trime Pico TDR systems – is on site in Whixall, Shropshire with Dr Simon Caporn and Dr James Rowson, of Manchester Metropolitan University’s Department of the Environment & Geographical Sciences.
The team are investigating the impact of peat cutting, drainage, and land conversion as well as the threat of ‘unseen’ changes in precipitation, temperature and nutrients on the health of peat lands. The project is funded by the European Research Association BiodivERsA programme and will run from spring 2009 through to the end of 2012.