Sustainability Research Institute

Peatland communication tools

27.03.2017 - 15:10

Scotland, credit: Rob Chapman.

In Scotland, people have been living in close proximity to peatlands for centuries. Peatlands, which are also known as bogs, quags or mires, are an integral part of typical Scottish landscapes that have been transformed over time. Past management practices have shaped how these landscapes look today, and management decisions today will influence what Scottish peatlands will look like in the future.

The Peatland Action programme administered by Scottish Natural Heritage aims at improving the condition of peatlands in order to enhance and safeguard the multiple benefits that peatlands provide.

Researchers from the University of Leeds, Scotland’s Rural College and The James Hutton Institute have created a set of communication tools that provides a introduction to and the benefits associated with improving peatland condition in Scotland.

There are two communication tools, one for the general public http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/peatland-modules/?type=learning and one for land managers http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/peatland-modules/?type=assess

Both of them include a mechanism by which the peatland condition drawings and associate narratives and icons representing the benefits in terms of carbon storage, water quality and wildlife habitat can be downloaded for free use by anyone who would like to.

They also include a feedback questionnaire to gather further views and preferences by the public and land managers.  These have been adopted by Scotlands’ Natural Heritage and uploaded in their own website.

Acknowledgements

This work has been funded by the Scottish Government Strategic Research Programme (2016 – 2021) and water@leeds, the interdisciplinary water research centre of the University of Leeds; and is supported by Scottish Natural Heritage.

Authors:

Julia Martin Ortega, Klaus Glenk, Scotland Rural College, Anja Byg, the James Hutton institute