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Action for Peatlands

More than 20% of Scotland is covered by peat - covering some 2 million hectares, which is almost exactly the same size of Wales!

Scotland's National Peatland Plan was published in 2015 to highlight the major contribution peatlands make to Scotland. Peatlands occur throughout the country, with many bogs and fens just a short distance from most of our towns and cities, and as vast expanses across the North and West of the country. These areas contribute much more than dramatic scenery or green oases in our industrial heartland. As stores of carbon they are supremely important in helping to tackle climate change; as homes for nature they are special and unique; and as the raw ingredient of rural farming, tourism and crofting they are vital. Healthy peatlands provide many benefits to us all.

As part of our vision for healthy peatlands in Scotland, the Peatland Action project began in 2012, tasked with kick-starting peatland restoration capacity and understanding across Scotland.

For advisory support and to view our best practice videos and guidance please follow the links below, which includes our lessons learnt from initiating and running practical peatland projects across Scotland.

 

Blanket bog. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

National Peatland Plan

Scotland's National Peatland Plan -working for our future

Peatland Action logo. ©SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Peatland Action

Information on the Peatland Action project, SRDP funding and contact details.

Bog Cotton. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel: 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Why are healthy peatlands important?

Benefits of peatlands to carbon, biodiversity, water, recreation and landscapes.

Blanket bog at Claish Moss NNR, Ardnamurchan. © Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction fees contact the Scottish Natural Heritage image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Videos and guidance

Short films showing best practice peatland restoration techniques, and further guidance.



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