ProRep Live Premium Moss v other wild collected moss
As a Peregrine Partner, we care enough to have developed an exclusive relationship with BeadaMoss® (via Peregrine) – Britain’s only producer of ethical, sustainable and environmentally friendly sphagnum moss. In fact, we’re pretty sure they’re the only organisation in the whole world producing ‘captive bred’ moss, so we’re pleased and honoured to be working with them. By ethically sourcing your sphagnum moss you can be sure that you’re not adding to the problem. You’ll know that you’re supporting an organisation which is actively working to restore our nation’s peatlands to their former glory. We’re proud to be an exclusive partner, working with BeadaMoss® to supply live sphagnum moss that’s both cleaner and greener. It’s nice to know that you care too.
BeadaMoss® works alongside organisations such as The National Trust and RSPB who are striving to protect and restore the UK’s native peatlands. Work at BeadaMoss® is primarily focused on cultivating mosses for peatland restoration as well as working towards replacing peats used in the gardening industry, which is a major contributor of peatland degradation. Alongside this BeadaMoss® exclusively supply Peregrine Livefoods with live ‘captive-bred’ sphagnum moss, helping to alleviate the relatively small contribution the pet trade makes to this problem.
The problem with wild harvested moss: Until now, the sphagnum moss available in the reptile trade was mostly harvested from the wild, where it grew as a moist, living layer which covered the peat below. This is why you’ll find bits of natural debris in your substrate moss bags, as it’s impossible to separate from the moss. Below the moss lies the peat, which is essentially made up of layers of decaying sphagnum moss. The tips of the moss layer grows, while the older layers below begin to decay and, eventually, become part of the peat beneath. The problems start when the surface layer of sphagnum moss is stripped away to expose the peat below, which leads to two major environmental issues:
While the surface layer of moss is in place the peat does a great job of retaining enormous amounts of both carbon and water. But once the moss is removed, the peat reacts with air and releases its carbon into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. And we’re not talking small numbers here. Peatland carbon accounts for around 5-10% of the country’s emissions.
- Rising water levels
When exposed peat dries it also shrinks. It’s reduces in size at a rate of around 10mm a year, forming a much thinner layer. In some places it shrinks to below sea level – and that’s a big problem. The Netherlands is already up to 7 metres below sea level in some places due to the effects of centuries of drainage, and the UK is suffering similar problems in many areas too. Giant pumps are needed to remove huge amounts of water from these formerly waterlogged peatland landscapes in order to keep them from flooding. The only sustainable solution is to preserve and protect peatlands. It’s a massive problem, and one that the Government is starting to take very seriously.
Did you know…?
It is estimated that the moss stripped peatland in the Peak District was once releasing carbon into the atmosphere at the same rate as the emissions from the nearby City of Sheffield. Thankfully, because of the restoration work being done there, the situation is steadily improving.
How you can help?
Easy. Simply buy your sphagnum moss from a sustainable source. As lovers of animals and nature, we’re guessing you care enough about the planet to think about where your sphagnum moss comes from. Why take moss from the wild when it can be ethically and sustainably grown by a specialist?