As a general rule, it is challenging to get people to care about the natural world. But getting them to feel passionate about somewhere they have never been – or about carbon, or a greenhouse gas they will never see – is even more challenging. This project is a great way of showing people how dynamic these landscapes are and allowing them to play a role in charting how much they change over the course of a year.
Lecturer in Ecosystem Resilience
There is so much diversity within our peatlands, and any time I have taken someone to a peatland they always leave saying how unexpectedly cool it is. But this project has actually done much more than that, and the messages I get when people share pictures with me are really rewarding. People often email me a photo with details of what they’ve done that day, whether it has been to see a common lizard or simply to say how happy they are to have contributed to science. I hope that by changing people’s opinion on peatlands, we can get them to appreciate these sites – and what they can offer our planet – just as much as I do.