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Towards an assessment of the state of UK peatlands 2011


This report provides estimates of extent and condition of peatlands in each of the four UK countries.

The review is divided broadly into two parts. The first part (sections 2–5) addresses how we define, delineate and describe peatlands, and considers critically the sources of available information. This part also touches briefly on the likely impact of peatland management on the ecosystem services delivered by peatlands. The second part (sections 6–10) provides a synopsis of the state of peatlands in the four countries.

There are still insufficient data and information to provide a definitive overview of the state of the UK’s peatland resource as a whole. This report identifies key gaps in current knowledge necessary to provide a fit-for-purpose assessment of peatlands across the UK.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2011·04·01

JNCC. 2011. Towards an assessment of the state of UK peatlands, JNCC Report No. 445, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.

This report assesses the state of the UK peatlands, based on available information on the extent, location and condition of peat soil and peatlands, vegetation, land cover, land use, management, and a range of environmental influences.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2019·11·29

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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