This Guideline Note sets out forestry policy and practice in relation to peatland habitats, with particular focus on blanket bogs and lowland raised bogs. These two types of internationally important peatland habitat are the most extensive, have been most affected by forestry in the past, and are now the subject of UK-wide Habitat Action Plans to conserve and enhance their biodiversity.
The guidance should be useful to foresters, environmental interest groups and planners as well as to landowners. It indicates how the Forestry Commission will evaluate proposals for woodland expansion on to peatland or for restoration of peatland habitats from woodland.
This Note updates the Forest nature conservation guidelines (Forestry Commission, 1990) in respect of peatlands. It follows consultation with a wide range of interested parties.