Physically exclude pedestrians from 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). This is a particular problem when the same area of peatland is repeatedly crossed e.g. in popular hiking areas, in tourist sites/nature reserves, or when scientists make repeat visits to sample plots. Pedestrians could be physically excluded from pristine peatlands to prevent damage or from damaged peatlands to let them recover. Physical barriers could be fences, fallen trees or areas of water/wet ground.
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.