Static chamber measurements of CH 4 flux were made from a range of micro-environments in an area of blanket bog in Northern Scotland. CH 4 flux covered a wide range, the largest rate of CH 4 emission, at 175.6 μmol m -2 h -1, was observed in pool areas through the vascular plant Menyanthes trifoliata. Investigations into the response of net CH 4 emission rates to temperature and water table were carried out under semi-natural conditions on 45 large peat monoliths, maintained in open-top chambers, over a three-year period. The mean rate of CH 4 emission at 10°C was an order of magnitude larger from pool monoliths (surface water table) at 78.0 μmol m -2 h -1, than from hummock monoliths (water table 15 cm below surface) at 8.4 μmol m -2 h -1. Rates of CH 4 emission showed a positive linear response to increasing temperature from pool and lawn monoliths with activation energies of 74.3 and 79.5 kJ mol -1 and Q10 values of 3.0 and 3.3, respectively. When conditions of temperature, water table, light and humidity were controlled pool cores showed an exponential increase in CH 4 emission rates between 5 and 30°C.