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A WALKER stuck in a moorland peat bog up to his waist was 'sinking further by the minute' as rescuers arrived at the scene.
The carse lands in and around Stirling were formerly peat bogs, created through the growth of mosses.
In a study published today in the journal Nature Communications, experts show that, even though certain species in a peat bogs plant community might disappear because of the effect of rising temperatures and increasing levels of atmospheric sulphur and nitrogen, their place will be taken by other species with different environmental preferences but a similar biological function.
Programmes officer at Northumberland National Park, Abi Mansley, said: "In the 1990s, plywood dams were installed at Lampert Mosses to prevent the peat bogs from fragmenting and losing their peat.
Andy Polkey, senior reserves manager for NRW, R said: "Healthy peat bogs are rare, provide habitats for special wildlife and bring a huge benefit when it comes to climate change so it's important to maintain them as best we can.
The deer world's best-known artifacts from peat bogs are the enormous sheds and skulls of the extinct Megaloceros giganteus, widely known as the "Irish elk.
In northern Europe, swamplike areas called peat bogs are great environments for turning bodies into mummies.
Marshland, peat bogs and so on are of paramount importance to store water, filtering it gradually into springs which are responsible for water supplies to many country residents, farms, private houses and so on.
Research from garden charity Garden Organic found more than 24 million wheelbarrows of peat, found in compost, are being used in the UK unnecessarily each year, wiping out peat bogs, killing wildlife and destroying vital habitats.
The traditional uses of peat for fuel and building material was always at a low level and did very little damage to peat bogs.
It was one of the largest private donations of land for conservation in history, and gave the WCS control of some of the world's southernmost old-growth forests, not to mention its most significant peat bogs.
He said: "Because there are fires within dried out peat bogs the flames themselves keep on simmering underneath the surface of the ground.