From conifer plantation to blanket bog: Peatland restoration in the Flow Country
Many blanket bogs were damaged in the past by the inappropriate planting of conifer trees: How should these areas best be restored?
- Test the relative effectiveness of leading approaches to 'forest-to-bog' peatland restoration, comprising tree removal and the blocking of drains and furrows, in delivering key ecosystem services; biodiversity, carbon storage, and water quality.
- Compare the provision of these ecosystem services by restored areas, with those provided by comparable areas which are either (i) blanket bogs that were never damaged by afforestation; or (ii) standing forestry on deep peat.
- 1997: Restoration of former forestry plantations begins at Forsinard reserve; the first monitoring schemes established.
- Early 2000s: The first major phase of forest-to-bog restoration; expanded monitoring established.
- 2012: Start of a second major phase of forest-to-bog restoration; expansion of monitoring to include carbon, climate and water related outcomes.