Global: International Bog Day, July 25th


Traditionally held on the last Sunday in July International Bog Day aims to celebrate and help conserve these precious ecosystems.

Round leaved sundew, carnivorous plant

Classic bog plants: Round leaved sundew (Drosera rotundifolia) on sphagnum moss.

© Forestry Commission

Bogs have historically been treated with contempt: they're inaccessible, hard to build on, unproductive, and seen as - to many people - unsightly wastelands. But they harbour fascinating and endangered communities of plants and animals.

The UK's lowland bogs have suffered particularly in the past few centuries, with the Wildlife Trusts saying over 94% have been "damaged or destroyed". Organisations have started to turn the tide and restore many bog systems, but ultimately it's the horticultural industry, and its dependence on peat, where change will be felt most positively for bog systems.

Related links:

Wildlife Trusts (UK)

Wetlands International

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