Many lowland raised bogs face high climatic stress due to altered rainfall patterns and increased summer temperatures. Those which have been drained for forestry or to improve grazing for livestock are particularly vulnerable; their lowered water tables leaving them dry and prone to summer wildfire damage.
It is important that we improve management of degraded bogs to give them the best possible chance of coping with warmer, drier summers. Here we use the transformation of Blawhorn Moss National Nature Reserve (NNR) - a lowland raised bog in the central belt - to demonstrate how improving habitat management can increase a bog’s resilience to climate change, whilst providing us with many benefits.
Case study - Improving Habitat Management: restoring a lowland raised bog at Blawhorn Moss National Nature Reserve, Central Scotland
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