MoorLIFE 2020: investigating peat pipes

Peat Pipe

Investigating peat pipes

We’re working with a PhD student at the University of Leeds, to investigate the nature of peat pipes on blanket bogs, and how they contribute to erosion, water quality and flood risk.

What are peat pipes?

A peat pipe is an underground channel through the peat that water flows through.

Nobody knows exactly how peat pipes form, or why they occur in the places they occur, or what effect they have on the peatlands they run through.

Specifically, we are investigating the distribution of peat pipes in a degraded area (i.e. where they are, which is not obvious because they are underground). We’re also looking at the quality and flow of water out of a selection of the pipes, and finally the impact of blocking the same pipes.

Peat pipes may represent a significant land management issue on blanket bog. They may contribute to low water table levels as they provide an escape route for water (healthy blanket bog has a high water table with water levels close to the surface). By researching the effectiveness of blocking peat pipes, the PhD project aims to produce best practice guidance for land managers.

Reports and papers relating to this topic can be found here

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