Restrict pedestrian access to peatlands
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Walking on peatlands can damage the vegetation and compress or erode the peat (e.g. Slater & Agnew 1977). Pedestrians are a particular problem when they repeatedly walk on the same area of peatland e.g. in popular tourist areas, or when scientists make repeat visits to sample plots. To prevent this damage, pedestrian access to peatlands could be reduced by interventions such as legislation, limits on visitor numbers, voluntary codes, signage and/or ensuring official paths are well maintained.
Key peatland types where this action may be appropriate: bogs, fens/fen meadows, tropical peat swamps.
Slater F.M. & Agnew A.D.Q. (1977) Observations on a peat bog’s ability to withstand increasing public pressure. Biological Conservation, 11, 21–27.