(Thursday 21st November – 7pm-9pm, Parton Village Hall)

(Free to attend, just turn up)

We need to raise the profile of our peatlands. Galloway hosts peatlands which are significant on a national and even European stage. They deliver a range of attributes, from water quality and biodiversity benefits to being one of our most effective carbon sinks.

This event is an opportunity to hear three talks about different angles of interest in our peatlands and bogs, and how a better understanding of what peat bogs provide, and a dedicated management approach can raise their profile locally.

The three talks are by:

Emily Taylor, from the Crichton Carbon Centre

Jamie Ribbens, from Galloway Fisheries Trust

Andrew Bielinski, from RSPB

Jamie Ribbens, from Galloway Fisheries Trust, said:

“Healthy peatland ecosystems play an integral role in ensuring rivers function naturally especially regarding water quality and water flows. At the Fisheries Trust we consider restoring damaged peatlands in the Galloway uplands as the main priority to restore wild fish stocks to the local rivers.” Andrew Bielinski, from RSPB, said:

“At first sight, peatlands can appear bleak and desolate, but look closely and listen and a myriad of wildlife becomes apparent, from tiny plants such as sundews, to dazzling insects, like the azure hawker dragonfly, and wading birds such as curlew and dunlin with their evocative cries that characterise these wonderful, wet wildernesses, Scotland has some of the best peatlands in Europe, and southern Scotland has its fair share.”