Most people are familiar with Wetlands in some shape or form - as their local trout stream, or the frog pond in the park. These are just a few of the many types of wetlands that are found all around the world.
Why are they important?[/b] But for the wetlands, our rivers would be choked by aquatic weeds and pollution. Dangerous phosphates and other pollutants are dealt with by various types of wetlands. Wetlands help survival of many species, including migrating birds, which depend on them.
Where I grew up there is lots of this type of bogland. As a child I played there with my brother and watched the men cutting and saving the turf as winter fuel. The white flowers you see in the pic are known as bog-cotton.
We also had those temporary lakes on our land, that were there during the wet season and dried up completely in the summer. They were soggy underfoot and produced a lot of rushes. We used to split the rushes and scrape out the springy insides - what for I don't know!