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Habitat management - commissioned reports

Date: 2011
Title: Carbon fluxes and greenhouse gas emmissions from UK peatlands
Authors: Fred Worrall et al
Review of current evidence: JNCC report 442 (PDF)
Programme to address evidence gaps:
JNCC report 443 (PDF)

The review considers the current evidence on fluxes of carbon (C) and greenhouse gases (GHG) from UK peatlands, including managed peatlands, and was able to consider the following land uses: semi-natural; drained; drain-blocked; burnt; grazed; forested; bare and revegetated peatlands; cutover and restored; cut or mowed peatlands; and converted to agriculture.

The review takes two approaches in order to understand the carbon and GHG, firstly a Bayesian meta-analysis approach is used in order to combine studies; predict the probability that a management will result in an improvement in the C or GHG budget; and calculate and equivalent number of complete C and GHG budgets that the reviewed literature represents. The second approach is to use results from computer modelling in order to construct significant linear models for a range of peatland settings.

The programme report provides the proposed structure for a measurement programme, which is intended to quantify the carbon (C) and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) fluxes to and from UK peatlands, incorporating the range of major UK peatland types, and to determine the extent to which these are influenced by management. The measurements obtained would be intended to provide the basis for the development of robust emission factors (EFs) appropriate to UK peatlands, suitable for GHG reporting, emissions trading and the optimisation of peatland management.

Date: 2003
Title: Open ground in upland forests: a review of its potential as wildlife habitat and appropriate management methods
Authors: Russell Anderson
Full Report: PDF

The setting of and methods appropriate for conservation objectives, managing for biodiversity and methods of managing open ground for nature conservation for heathland, grassland and mire.