Ecosystem Service Impacts of Degraded Blanket Bog Restoration
Author: Allott, T.E.H., Blundell, A., Chandler, D., Evans, M.G, Margetts, J.J., Moody, C.S., Pilkington, M.G., Shuttleworth, E.L, Spencer T.
Publication Date: 2022
Summary: 4: Water Table, Soil Moisture and Overland Flow Generation
This study assessed the impacts on ecosystem services of a range of blanket bog restoration techniques. Heavily degraded sites dominated by bare peat were revegetated, gullies were blocked and Sphagnummosses were reintroduced. Sites dominated by single species – hare’s tail cotton-grass (Eriophorum vaginatum), common heather (Calluna vulgaris) and purple moor-grass (Molinia caerulea) – were diversified by reintroducing Sphagnum mosses.
Keywords: sphagnum; science; blanket bog; restoration; rewetting; vegetation monitoring; hydrology