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Using palaeoecology to advise peatland conservation: An example from West Arkengarthdale, Yorkshire, UK

McCarroll, Julia; Chambers, Frank M; Webb, Julia C; Thom, T;
Open Access English
  • Published: 31 May 2016
  • Publisher: Elsevier
  • Country: United Kingdom
Globally, peatlands are regarded as important carbon stores and their conservation essential for ensuring continuation of terrestrial carbon storage. Numerous peatlands in particular regions of Europe have been degraded by drainage, burning, extraction, overgrazing and pollution in recent decades, often leading to erosion, loss of peat mass and a loss of a variety of flora. In the UK, some 90% of peatlands can be regarded as degraded. Implemented restoration schemes have been aimed at blocking drainage ditches, re-vegetating bare peat or changing the present vegetation assemblage to a more ‘desirable’ alternative. Here we use palaeoecological techniques to recon...
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