A bog’s life
For immediate release: 22 August 2011
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Local nature enthusiasts from the Lyth Valley joined the RSPB, Natural England and expert local naturalists last week for an exploration of the amazing wildlife that thrives in local bogs.
More than 20 people gathered at Savinhill bog last Thursday (18 August), where nature conservation experts introduced them to the range of flora and fauna that thrive in the wetland habitat.
Savinhill is one of a handful of nationally scarce and unique raised bog habitats found in the Lyth Valley. It is home to many specialist plant species including sphagnum moss, bog rosemary, and sundew, which gets much of its nutrition from eating flies. The bog also supports reptiles including adders and lizards, bees and dragonflies and declining bird species such as the tree pipit.
Tonia Armer of the RSPB, who organised the walk, said: “People often think of bogs as unproductive and unattractive places, but in fact they are unique habitats that support rare and specially adapted plants and animals.
“Peat has been developing on sites such as Savinhill moss for the last 5,000- 10,000 years, providing a valuable historic record of what life was like in the Lyth Valley through time.
“Besides supporting a range of wildlife, bogs also store large amounts of carbon, which makes them very important in the battle against climate change.”
The RSPB and other partners are working with farmers and other land managers in the Lyth Valley to restore lowland raised bogs by helping them to access wildlife-friendly farming grants.
This work forms part of Morecambe Bay Futurescapes,
a landscape-scale conservation project that aims to restore and create a network of wildlife-rich
wetland habitats extending onto the coastal plain that surrounds Morecambe Bay and along
the adjacent river valleys of the Duddon, Leven, Kent, Keer, Lune and Wyre.
Chris Collett, RSPB Regional
Communications Manager, 0191 233 4317, 07885 834 889