Client: Natural England

BUG was commissioned by Natural England to review the palaeoecological literature in order to determine whether the management of blanket peat deposits, particularly blanket bogs, might be informed by the historical record contained within peat deposits.

The overarching aims of this project were to:

  • Determine whether palaeoecological information might be used to help determine where restoration might be most effective
  • Determine where it might be feasible or unfeasible to restore peat, given current or likely future climatic conditions
  • Determine which management actions might be most effective for restoring function.

BUG searched the scientific literature utilising ‘mySearch’ – Bournemouth University’s resource discovery tool. mySearch searches all the traditional bibliographic databases to which Bournemouth University subscribes; including Scopus, Web of Knowledge (including Science Citation Index), Environment Complete, CAB Abstracts, Academic Search Complete, MEDLINE Complete, GreenFILE, ScienceDirect, JSTOR, Hospitality and Tourism Complete, Business Source Complete, Publisher Provided Full Text Searching File, BioOne Online Journals, OAIster, British Library Inside Serials & Conference Proceedings and British Library EThOS, in addition to extensive journal publisher feeds and peer-reviewed open access sources. We also searched Google Scholar because it returns results from a range of grey literature and books, as well as including papers as soon as they are available online and so returns the most recent advances.

A comprehensive literature review was completed and a detailed summary of the key project objectives provided. Knowledge gaps and recommendations for future investigations were also outlined.

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