Flooded fields between Annacloy and Ballynahinch, County Down, Northern Ireland
Sphagnum moss is one of the most common components of peat, valued by gardeners for protecting plants against drought. And the Somerset Levels are just one example of peatlands in countries around the world where thousands of tons of peat have been extracted, removing a most important water-absorbent material. The current floods seem to be an elementary case of cause and effect. I’m not an expert, but it seems obvious that an environmentally damaging process needs to be reversed. That’s what the Wildlife Trusts believe anyway. Click on http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/peatlands to see what they’re doing about it.