Linda Fabiani MSP has welcomed the announcement by the Scottish Government of £200,000 of new funding to help restore Scotland’s peatlands landscapes.
Peatlands must be managed correctly to help avoid unnecessary carbon losses that can add to our greenhouse gas emissions and preserve them as wildlife habitats. Restoration of peatlands helps to retain carbon, rather than act as a source of emissions. The funding will be shared by Scottish Natural Heritage and the RSPB, in order to carry out work on the peatlands themselves and to fund scientific research.
East Kilbride is home to the lowland raised peat bog of Langlands Moss, an important nature reserve and popular local attraction.
Strathaven-based MSP Linda said:
“I’m very pleased that the Scottish Government is stepping up its efforts to restore these enormously important natural treasure troves, and to fund the research which will help us to better understand the peatlands’ role in reducing carbon emissions and fighting climate change.
“We are very lucky in the East Kilbride area to have a wonderful peatland habitat right on our doorstep. Langlands Moss is home to a wealth of flora and fauna. An enormous amount of restoration and conservation work has already taken place there, but I’m sure that the volunteers in the Friends of Langlands Moss, and indeed everyone who uses and enjoys the nature reserve, will welcome this additional funding.
“I hope that Langlands Moss will be able to play its part in growing our knowledge and understanding about Scotland’s remarkable peatland landscapes.”