Data Collection for Peat Policy

Transforming data collection for evidence-based peatland policy and practice

This project will contribute to the England Peat Pilots launched by DEFRA and Natural England. iCASP will be supporting Newcastle University who are leading the project to transform data collection for evidence-based peatland policy and practice. It involves identifying and selecting core sets of outcome measures that can be included in peatland research and collection of monitoring data.

Previous work led by Newcastle University, with inputs from iCASP, identified climatic, hydrological and biodiversity-related measures for blanket bogs and fens – these are now being prioritised by the peatland community. This project will build upon that work to prioritise the core outcomes that are most relevant to the assessment of peatland condition at five pilot sites.