Do you ever question your human's judgement?
Yesterday afternoon Gail took me for a short walk on Findon Moor, a rare (in Aberdeenshire) and environmentally valuable example of coastal heathland. It's a place I love, but we rarely go there. Apparently because it's Too Boggy, and Gail thinks that is a Bad Thing.
Well she's totally wrong!
First and foremost, I love boggy places. So soft and squelchy under the paws.
And secondly, did you know that peat bogs store twice as much carbon as all the world's forests combined?
But only as long as they stay wet, so oxygen-loving microbes don't come along and convert all the carbon to carbon dioxide. More CO2 in the atmosphere means warmer temperatures thus more peat bogs dry out, creating a dangerous feedback loop.
Climate-wise, it's just as important to keep peat bogs wet as it is to preserve the Amazon Rain Forest and the Great Barrier Reef.
Scotland has a lot of peat bogs and I hope I have convinced you that they are in fact a Good Thing.
Yesterday the normally boggy bits of Findon Moor were disappointingly dry. I hope this is not a foretaste of things to come.
Happy Nature Friday friends! Thanks again to our LLB Gang friends for hosting the blog hop.
Oh and did you know that you can do your bit to keep the world's climate under control by not using peat in your garden?