This new book takes a holistic view at the life cycle of temperate ombrotrophic peatlands, a cycle which has to be considered in millennia. The first part explains why such peat forms, the second part explains the development of patterned bogs, and the third part suggests a new classification system of erosion. The fourth part applies this understanding to the conservation and management of peatlands, and to climate change implications. There are seven appendices, the last of which includes a carbon calculator. The Royal Scottish Geographical Society has kindly supported the printing of the book, which is available from NHBS.com at https://www.nhbs.com/an-illustrated-book-of-peat-2-volume-set?bkfno=252901
I have been a long-term member of BSBI and my main interest has always been peatlands. During lockdown I took the opportunity to bring all my reseach, observation and cogitation on peat bogs to produce the book exhibited here.