'The Peatlands of Britain and Ireland' by Clifton Bain

December 14, 2021


The IUCN UK Peatland Programme's Clifton Bain completes his trilogy with this look at the Peatlands of Britain and Ireland. A source of fuel for many generations and drained for agriculture, they are now recognised as a haven for wildlife and plants as well as a storehouse of carbon. Their social history is one of exploitation and the value of mending and restoring is a major theme of the book.

Like its predecessors, The Peatlands of Britain and Ireland is a sumptuous volume richly illustrated with photographs and maps and with drawings by the wildlife artist Darren Rees.

The book was launched by Sandstone Press in an online event featuring Tony Juniper (Chair of Natural England), Anne McCall (RSPB Scotland), Des Thompson (NatureScot) and broadcaster and writer Vanessa Collingridge alongside Clifton himself, which you can watch back here if you missed it.


Peatlands are now on the agenda, and it's wonderful to see this fantastic new book on 'The Peatlands of Britain and Ireland' written by none other than Clifton Bain himself, which really brings his incredible wealth of knowledge, insights and wisdom, derived over many years, to chart the geography, the history and the natural history of these places in what I think is the most beautiful book on the subject that I’ve seen.” — Tony Juniper, Chair of Natural England

"Now we have a guide which is a magnificent testament to some of the most special places on our living planet" — Des Thompson, Principal Advisor on Biodiveristy and Science, NatureScot

The book can be purchased via Sandstone Press 


The Peatlands of Britain and Ireland cover


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