Peatlands

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A peatland is a wetland characterized by its very high content of organic matter, with little or no decomposed vegetable origin. This is a particularly fragile ecosystem whose characteristics make it a carbon sink, because there is more synthetic than organic matter degradation.


Preservation of peatlands and water sources
Half of all peat bogs in France have disappeared over the last 50 years, often because of human actions (drainage, slope development, exploitation of peat, trampling, collecting rare plants ...). These wetlands, not just for the fabulous scenery they offer, are a unique biological heritage, specific flora and fauna have adapted to the restrictive conditions of low temperature, acidity and moisture. For this reason 9% of plants in France are now protected, such as the Round-leaved Sundew. They also help regulate river flow and represent a small but valuable water source for flocks in late summer.



Some simple rules for peatlands
Follow the marked paths to avoid trampling
- Use garden compost "without peat”
- Preserve the quality of wastewater discharged into these areas