Study

An evaluation of the use of translocated blanket bog vegetation for heathland restoration

  • Published source details Standen V. & Owen M.J. (1999) An evaluation of the use of translocated blanket bog vegetation for heathland restoration. Applied Vegetation Science, 2, 181-188

Actions

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Action Category

Replace blocks of vegetation after mining or peat extraction

Action Link
Peatland Conservation
  1. Replace blocks of vegetation after mining or peat extraction

    A before-and-after study in 1991–1997 in a historically mined blanket bog/heathland in England, UK (Standen & Owen 1999) reported that translocated bog vegetation retained its overall community composition whilst gaining new species, and that adjacent bare peat was colonized by herbs and bog-characteristic plants. These results were not tested for statistical significance. Over six years, translocated bog vegetation retained its overall bog-characteristic community (data reported as a graphical analysis). However, it did gain six additional plant species (before translocation: 15 species; six years after: 21 species) and abundance of fringed bog moss Sphagnum fimbriatum declined (in 15% of quadrats before translocation, but only 3% six years after). Bare peat between translocated strips was colonized by 28 plant species with 48% total vegetation cover, 21–31% grass/rush cover, 10–15% cover of heather Calluna vulgaris and 1–5% cover of five other bog-characteristic species. In 1991, sods (vegetation and 1 m of underlying peat) were cut from a blanket bog remnant. They were moved to eight 4 x 140 m trenches, dug in a site historically mined for coal. Dry peat was spread between the translocated strips. Plant species and vegetation cover were recorded in 1991 (before translocation) and 1997: in 100 quadrats (0.25 m2) in six translocated strips, and in 90 quadrats (1 m2) in three strips between.

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