Reduce frequency of harvest (of wild biological resources)
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Harvesting peatland vegetation less often (e.g. every two years instead of every year) will allow longer for the vegetation to recover from the disturbance, potentially growing taller and more densely. It might allow plants to mature and reproduce. Caution: In some fens and fen meadows, regular harvesting is important to maintain the diversity of desirable peatland species (Middleton et al. 2006).
Key peatland types where this action may be appropriate: bogs, fens/fen meadows, tropical peat swamps.
Middleton B., Holsten B. & van Diggelen R. (2006) Biodiversity management of fens and fen meadows by grazing, cutting and burning. Applied Vegetation Science, 9, 307–316.