An assessment of the distribution of the Welsh peatlands, based on best available spatial information.
Findings and recommendations
- Delivers an improved distribution map of the upland blanket peat and deep peat soils resource at the highest resolution.
- Includes an improved map of the distribution of afforested deep peats in Wales and ownership of forested land in Wales.
- Provides an overview of the likely impacts of peat forming factors and afforested peatland restoration and management on the biodiversity, hydrology and greenhouse gas (GHG) benefits.
- Develops national and field based assessment schemes based on rule based criteria, proxy factors and thresholds for the assessment of afforested peatland in Wales viable for restoration.
- Carries out a national GIS assessment identifying potential restoration areas in Wales.
- Tests the field-based assessment by ground truthing a number of sites in Wales.
- Provides relative costs of afforested peat restoration.