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Have you ever been up to your neck in that black, gluey and smelly mud which abounds in the upper reaches of the Avon Estuary and around the salt marsh areas – thinking you might never escape its clutches and, somehow, might have to call the Coastguard for rescue if only you could get your hands free of the stuff? If so, you might want to withdraw your curses and instead sing its praises, rather like the old Flanders and Swan song – “Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud” – because, with the recent renewed level of interest in global warming, that black goo has now been reinvented as ‘Blue Carbon’.
Click on this link for a mud bath! YOU CAN SKIP THE ADVERTS! – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QW85kfakJc
For an aerial view of some of the estuary mud, click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ekZu202ZZo#action=share
According to the website at BlueCarbonPortal.org., ‘Blue carbon’ is the carbon stored and sequestered in coastal ecosystems such as mangrove forests, sea grass meadows or inter-tidal salt marshes. These valuable ecosystems hold vast carbon reservoirs; they sequester atmospheric CO2 through primary production, and then deposit it in their sediments. In fact, most blue carbon is found in the soils or sediments beneath the vegetation.
The rates of carbon sequestration and storage are comparable to (and often higher than) the sequestration rates in carbon-rich terrestrial ecosystems such as tropical rainforests or peatlands. Unlike most terrestrial systems, which reach soil carbon equilibrium within decades, deposition of carbon dioxide in coastal ecosystem sediment can continue over millennia. However, when these coastal ecosystems are degraded or destroyed they can become carbon dioxide sources due to the oxidization of biomass and organic soil.
Because coastal ecosystems do contain substantial amounts of carbon, and because this carbon is in danger of being released, they are important in mitigating climate change. Unfortunately, however, the rate of loss of mangroves, seagrasses and saltmarshes (driven mostly by human activities) is estimated to be among the highest of any ecosystem on the planet, prompting international interest in managing them more effectively for their carbon benefits.
Although the Avon Estuary’s contribution to carbon sequestration may be small on a planetary scale, that contribution to conservation strengthens the argument for its designation by Natural England as one of the new Marine Conservation Zones and for the inclusion of the embryonic salt marsh at South Efford within its boundary.
Those anaerobic bugs thriving in the mud, locking up carbon, could be the saviours of our planet. Disturb them at your peril!!! GLORIOUS MUD indeed!
South Hams CVS has a lot going on in November, most of it is FREE. Come and join us!
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South Devon Advice Network 8 November 10-1 Buckfast. Topics include: Illegal money lending & lone sharks, updates on Universal Credit. If you are a community group helping vulnerable people this FREE information & networking event is for you! Book at https://sdadvice.eventbrite.co.uk
Volunteer Organisers Forum – Focus on Youth Volunteering 15 November 2-4.30, Ivybridge Library. A chance to network, troubleshoot and share ideas for all who work with or manage volunteers in the South Hams. Book your FREE place at firstname.lastname@example.org
Customer Service for Groups 27 November 10-1 Ivybridge £15 voluntary groups in the South Hams; £25 other organisations https://shcvscustomerservice.eventbrite.co.uk
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Kingsbridge & District Caring Alliance – 28 November 10-12.30 Erme Yealm Caring Alliance – 30 November 10-12.30 – These South Hams Caring Alliance meetings are for community groups and statutory organisations who are working in the towns & villages with individuals who have health problems to create links and share ideas. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information about meetings
And…..Look out for our themed ‘CVS POP UP!’ sessions coming in the NEW YEAR J
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