Restrict vehicle use on peatlands
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Vehicles (e.g. cars, quad bikes, cycles and airboats) can directly damage peatland vegetation. They can also compress and rut soft, wet peat, affecting storage and flow of water which in turn affects peatland vegetation. To prevent this damage, vehicle use could be reduced by interventions such as legislation, limits on visitor numbers, voluntary codes, signage and/or ensuring official routes are well maintained.
Key peatland types where this action may be appropriate: bogs, fens/fen meadows, tropical peat swamps.