Fun fact. Did you know that that an acre of peatland is even more efficient than an acre of forest when it comes to achieving a carbon benefit?
How does this work? Through a vast matrix of reinforced earthen work and timber dams, water is retained within the peatland. So doing reverses historical drainage of land for purposes of grazing and hunting.
The habitat is restored to its wild, former glory. We achieve this in balance with the deer management and farming plans on a given estate and with carbon revenue benefiting the estate. So it is a win-win.
The wet peat ceases biodegrading and emitting carbon. It instead becomes an enormous carbon sink, trapping carbon in the organic matter that is laid down over time.
Carbon funding supports the management of the peatland habitat over time. For example, maintaining the matrix of dams, timber structures and stone reinforcement. It also supports ongoing ecological assessment, seeding plant-life and a rolling carbon audit on a five year cycle.
The peatland provides vital habitat for rare and endangered species; especially so, when it comes to plant and bird species. There are also enormous benefits also for insects, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. Each project location is carefully considered with that in mind, and whilst working in a biodiversity framework. So for example, our large project in Ross-Shire is located adjacent to a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Second fun fact. The peatland area is comprised of masses of plant-life, such as sphagnum, which act as a kind of giant sponge and filter system. This reduces flashy runoff into waterways. Hydroelectric equipment runs more efficiently. THE community drinking source is notably improved. The quality of the water flowing into nearby rivers and lochs is significantly improved, which is beneficial to the salmon and trout fisheries.