Lowland raised bogs are an important habitat throughout Western Europe. The classification of the extent of the damage is central to the management of remaining sites and the application of appropriate restoration measures on degraded sites.
This volume gives a detailed account of 38 mire communities and 22 heath communities in the UK, providing information on their composition, structure and distribution. From these descriptions, it also relates their similarity and environmental status to other types of vegetation categories, both in Britain and on the continent.
National Report submitted to the 8th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties, Valencia, Spain 2002
Peat bogs are part of our natural heritage in the UK. Not only did they influence our pattern of settlement and agriculture, they also preserve a record of our past. In addition, they support a distinctive array of plants and animals, able to survive in conditions hostile to most others. They have their own dynamic, in that the peat grows and spreads according to the character of the landscape and the climate. Or rather, it did, until we discovered peat’s uses as fuel and in horticulture, and that peat bogs could be cultivated if drained.
This report uses documentary evidence to assess the historic land use changes in four areas with particular concentrations of lowland raised mire between 1845-1978.