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Restore/create peatland vegetation (multiple interventions)

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Peatland Conservation
  1. Restore/create peatland vegetation (multiple interventions)

    A replicated before-and-after study in 2008–2011 in a tree-colonized peatland in Scotland, UK (Kirkland 2014) reported that plots restored using multiple interventions developed herb and bryophyte cover. After 2–3 years, restored plots had 42% cover of rush Juncus spp., 21% cover of bryophytes, 10% cover of devil’s bit scabious Succisa pratensis and 20% cover of other vegetation (including heather Calluna vulgaris, grasses, sedges and other herbs). Cover of devil’s bit scabious did not significantly differ between grazed and ungrazed plots (data not reported). In October 2008, eight 16 m2 plots were restored by cutting and removing all conifer trees and sowing seeds of devil’s bit scabious. In four plots, conifer brash was burned after tree removal. Four plots were fenced to exclude deer. In August 2011, vegetation cover was visually estimated in five random 2 x 2 m quadrats/plot.

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