Use fences or barriers to protect planted vegetation
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Small plants introduced to peatlands may be vulnerable to grazing by livestock or wild herbivores. Barriers could be used to exclude these animals. We consider all kinds of barriers in this section, from those erected around plants (e.g. fences and tree guards) to those placed on plants (e.g. copper strips to deter slugs and snails, and sticky/oily substances that may be applied to tree trunks). Barriers erected around individual plants (e.g. tree guards) may also offer some protection against desiccation, sunlight, temperature fluctuations and strong winds.
Key peatland types where this action may be appropriate: bogs, fens/fen meadows, tropical peat swamps.