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Developing a place-based payment for ecosystem service scheme for South West peatlands

Developing a place-based payment for ecosystem service scheme for South West peatlands

EMBER

The 1st of October sees the start of this year's moorland burning season.

Our research has increased understanding of the effects of prescribed vegetation burning on blanket peatland hydrology, chemistry and physical properties, and on the hydrology, water quality and biota of rivers in upland peat-dominated catchments. It is the first time that a systematic and comprehensive assessment of burned and unburned catchments has been carried out.

The project was initiated in response to concerns over the intensification of rotational heather burning on blanket peatlands and the lack of evidence to inform various stakeholders about the environmental effects.

A two page executive summary and full report of key findings are both available.

Read more here.