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Peatland in Northern Ireland: inventory and prospect

M. M. Cruickshank, R. W. Tomlinson


Peatland has been classified and mapped at 1:20.000 throughout Northern Ireland using air photographs. The distribution is tabulated for six survey blocks and presented in maps showing percent cover of total and intact peatland; only 12% of both major types of peatland has survived intact. In addition, samples from the original survey maps show different peatland landscapes. Lowland peatland, only 15% of the total, is equally spread between east and west; the largest bogs are small on an all Ireland basis. The much more extensive blanket peat is concentrated in the west; it is all hill peat, except for a small area in west Fermanagh. The survey is a framework for conservation; a benchmark to monitor future losses, notably by machine cutting in the 1980s, and could be further developed using Geographical Information Systems (G1S).

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