Peatlands And Climate Change

Peatlands & Climate Change: The Connections

Climate change is dramatically shaping our world today with extreme weather events happening more often. We are also experiencing changes to our weather patterns, for example, warmer winters and earlier springs. This has a knock on effect on wildlife, for example, when to hibernate, migrate and reproduce. Cork Nature Network have worked on programmes and events to increase awareness on climate change and the impacts it has on our natural world.

Peatlands cover approximately 20.6% of Ireland’s national land area [1]. Peatlands are inherently important for mitigating climate change impacts, sequestering carbon, providing natural flood attenuation, good water quality, and preserving biodiversity. 

Peatland habitats support many  species of flora and fauna. These include plants such as the rare near threatened bog orchid, the marsh fritillary butterfly, birds like the red grouse, Eurasian curlew and lapwing and the common frog and lizard. It is essential that we restore and conserve these habitats.

Through a series of engaging short videos, informational booklets, and interactive quizzes, Cork Nature Network hopes to raise awareness of the significance of peatlands in carbon sequestration and natural flood management and demonstrate the rich biodiversity they support. Through these resources we hope to inspire individuals to take action in protecting and preserving these vital ecosystems.These resources are free and available to everyone. Click here to find these resources.


[1] ‘Mapping peat soils in Ireland: updating the derived Irish peat map’, Connolly and Holden, 2009

Image Credits

Strickeen Mountain Heath & Bog

Strickeen Mountain Heath & Bog. Credit: Ronja Crede

Red fox cub

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