Scotland has been part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland since 1707.
But in recent years the Scottish independence movement gained momentum, despite more autonomy gained through devolution.
One-fifth of Scotland is covered in peat bogs, a spongy ground made of decomposed vegetation formed over thousands of years. The bogs act as a natural carbon sink and scientists say they could help play a role in climate change mitigation. But Scotland’s peatlands have seen better days, with most of them damaged by human interference. Now, efforts are underway to restore this iconic landscape.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has unveiled proposals to keep Scotland in the European Single Market even if the UK leaves. She said semi-autonomous Scotland had voted to stay in the bloc, and could demand more powers, including allowing fre movement of EU nationals