Use barriers to keep livestock off ungrazed peatlands
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
This section considers the effects of excluding livestock (with fences or other barriers) from an area of natural, ungrazed peatland whilst the surrounding peatland becomes grazed. This means the exclusion area has never (or at least not recently) been grazed. Domestic livestock directly consume peatland vegetation, destroy peatland vegetation by trampling, create bare patches of ground (e.g. repeatedly used tracks), and affect nutrient balance through excretion (Lindsay et al. 2014).
Key peatland types where this action may be appropriate: bogs, fens/fen meadows, tropical peat swamps.
Related actions: removing or excluding livestock from degraded peatlands; rewetting, if peatland has been drained for agriculture; low intensity grazing as a traditional or novel conservation tool; exclude wild herbivores from peatlands; use fences or barriers specifically to protect planted/sown peatland plants.
Lindsay R., Birnie R. & Clough J. (2014) Grazing and Trampling. IUCN UK Peatland Programme Briefing Note No. 7.