Carbon Offsetting with Lincolnshire Co-op
We've partnered up with Lincolnshire Co-op Travel to give passengers a chance to offset their carbon footprint whilst contributing to wildlife's recovery locally.
Our everyday lives have an effect on our environment. Many of us are trying to reduce that impact, including by looking at our carbon emissions. If you choose to travel for your holiday, you can still make a positive contribution to the local environment by supporting the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.
When you donate to the Trust – you will directly help to improve and maintain wildlife habitats and their ability to lock in carbon.
How your donation will help
Capturing and storing carbon is vital in the fight against climate change and there's a natural system that will do it for us.
The living system of soil and plants pulls carbon from the air and stores it. By protecting and restoring places for nature, carbon will be locked away. Water-saturated soils (wetlands, peatlands and saltmarshes) are particularly effective at storing carbon. But they are vulnerable. Drainage and drying out of these soils leads to the loss of carbon back into the atmosphere.
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust manages nature reserves and restores landscapes so they are great for wildlife but also so they can continue to absorb and store carbon.
Planting trees is probably the first thing we think about when talking about carbon capture, but we believe that trees should only be planted where the habitat is correct. Recent studies have shown that older trees are better at absorbing and storing carbon, so a lot of our work is about conserving these large trees and ancient woodlands, for wildlife and for their carbon capture abilities. As well as this, the soil below the surface of a woodland contains about twice the amount of carbon than the trees, so it is just as important to preserve the habitat as a whole.
Important woodlands being cared for by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust include Dole Wood in the south, to Rigsby Wood on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds.
5m2 of woodland is enough to store almost 1 tonne of carbon
Wetland & peat
Lincolnshire’s wetlands are one of our most dynamic habitats, capable of locking in huge amounts of carbon dioxide in their newly created soils. Wet, anaerobic peat provides exceptionally good conditions for the preservation of carbon in the ground. Today, there is less than a quarter of lowland peat soil compared to one hundred years ago. Things like changes in land use, agriculture and a demand for peat compost in gardening have all contributed to its decline.
The creation of Willow Tree Fen nature reserve in 2009 increased the wet fenland in Lincolnshire by 200%. Water-saturated soils are particularly effective at locking in carbon, and the restored habitat of reedbeds, shallow meres and flooded pastures also provide a habitat for rare and threatened wetland species including otter and water vole.
An area like Willow Tree Fen can lock in around 500 tonnes of CO2 per year
Research on grasslands is starting to reveal their importance in the carbon cycle, particularly old and extensively grazed grasslands. Like woodlands, humus (decomposed organic matter) in their soils plays a major role, supporting millions of worms per hectare which help to carry organic detritus deep into the soil.
The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust are helping to create more grassland in areas such as Sow Dale where the creation of a 40 acre permanent grassland has helped to connect two nature reserves, and through the preservation of Castle Bytham which was at risk of being ploughed.
One hectare of floodplain pasture may contain over 300 tonnes of carbon
Coastal and wetland habitats play two roles in climate change impacts. They can act as natural sea defences - providing a buffer against the effects of rising sea levels and flood events, and they are also very effective carbon sinks. Not only that, but the presence of sulphates (salt) on these habitats reduces microbial activity, thus reducing methane production.
The Trust's oldest reserve, Gibraltar Point, was acquired in 1948 and covers 1,100 acres of pristine coastline which is recognised as an area of international importance. It still remains one of the Trusts largest reserves, supporting a huge diversity of wildlife whilst providing the benefit of locking away carbon from the atmosphere.