Restoring Carbon-Rich Peatlands

rebuilding carbon rich landscapes

The European Nature Trust is working to restore peatlands at Alladale Wilderness Reserve and increase the amount of carbon being stored in peatlands. These dense wetland environments form through the gradual accumulation of vegetation and other organic matter over the years. They are the most carbon-rich terrestrial ecosystem – critical landscapes to mitigate climate change.

Yet, during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, ploughs were used to drain thousands of miles of peatland in Scotland. Scientists estimate that more than eight million tonnes of CO2 were released into the atmosphere through peatland drainage in Scotland alone.

We are working to restore degraded peatlands

About 40 times more carbon is stored in peat than all the vegetation in the UK’. This makes for a massive opportunity in Scotland to contribute to the global need to capture and store CO2. Alladale and TENT recognised this potential as early as 2012.

In 2012, The European Nature Trust launched a peatland-restoration project in partnership with ICAP at Alladale Wilderness Reserve. More than four thousand small dams were built to secure vast tracts of peatland. Restoration efforts to date are predicted to sequester 49,100 tonnes of CO2, providing rich wetland habitat for birds, pollinators, and amphibians. 


4000 small dams created
500+ acres of peatland restored
20km in length of newly restored peatland
49,100 estimated tonnes of CO2 now sequestered

“But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.”

Rachel Carson, 
Writer & Environmentalist

Play your role in the recovery of Scotland’s ecosystems:

By visiting Alladale Wilderness Reserve, you can engage with the movement to restore the Highland ecosystem. Watch red squirrels, ptarmigan and golden eagles; explore Alladale’s pioneering restoration efforts; and reconnect with true nature.
Visit Alladale wilderness reserve

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