Clifton Bain now completes his trilogy with this look at the peatlands of Britain and Ireland. A source of fuel for many generations, they are now a haven for wildlife and plants as well as a storehouse of greenhouse gasses. 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 Ancient Pinewoods of Scotland and The Rainforests of Britain and Ireland, The Peatlands of Britain and Ireland is a sumptuous volume richly illustrated with photographs and with drawings by the wildlife artist Darren Rees.
Clifton Bain lives in Edinburgh and has over 25 years of experience working on environmental issues with the wildlife charity RSPB. Now Director of the IUCN Peatland Programme, his writing gives a personal and passionate insight into the human interventions that have shaped Scotland's wildlife and landscape. As a firm believer that conservation relies on people enjoying nature, Clifton is keen to share the experiences of his many travels around the country's natural treasures.