The John Muir Trust

Protect our Peatlands

Peatlands hold the potential to capture carbon and help tackle the climate crisis. We want to protect and restore peatlands in the UK. We will engage with policy makers, politicians, members and wider society to effectively protect and restore these crucial habitats.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 22 April 2022 to 12:00 PM, 29 April 2022

Registered Charity in Scotland (SC002061)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£20,000

Amount raised

£20,974

Donations

144

Championed by The Big Give Trust

    Categories

  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation

    Helping

  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind

Location

United Kingdom

Situation

Peatlands are the world’s biggest terrestrial carbon store, yet an estimated 80% of the UK’s peatlands are in poor condition due to decades of mismanagement. Development, peat extraction, grouse moor burning and trampling by sheep & deer continue to have a devastating effect. Peatlands build up at a rate of only 1mm per year – so cannot be restored quickly once damaged. Peatland protection and recovery is critical if we are to fight the climate and biodiversity crisis.

Solution

We’re fighting for a clearer directive on peatlands, and working to ensure that the UK’s peatlands are nationally recognised and safeguarded against developments. On the ground, we are looking to scale up our peatland restoration work across the land we care for. In 2021 we successfully completed a project to restore 35 hectares of peatland at Strathaird on Skye. Now, we want to restore peatlands at other locations we care for – including Skye, Quinag, Sandwood and Schiehallion.

  • The problem for peatlands is that most people have only ever seen damaged and degraded bogs... Most of us don’t know what a peatland should be.

    — Clifton Bain, Director, IUCN UK Peatland Programme