Ecology of peat bogs in Šumava


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Restore/create peatland vegetation (multiple interventions)

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Peatland Conservation
  1. Restore/create peatland vegetation (multiple interventions)

    A study in 1999–2007 in a historically mined bog in the Czech Republic (Horn 2012) reported that following multiple restoration interventions, bare peat was coloinized by vegetation including Sphagnum moss, cottongrasses Eriophorum spp. and beaked sedge Carex rostrata. These results were not tested for statistical significance. Of the bare peat present one year after restoration began, 30% was covered by vegetation seven years later. Over this time, Sphagnum cover increased from <2% to 8%. Cover also increased of common cottongrass Eriophorum angustifolium, sheathed cottongrass Eriophorum vaginatum and beaked sedge (data reported as maps). Between 1999 and 2004, a historically mined bog (with some remnant vegetation in drainage ditches) was subjected to multiple restoration interventions: rewetting by blocking drainage ditches, excavating shallow 10 x 10 m basins, planting cottongrasses and beaked sedge, sowing Sphagnum moss, mulching (both sown and unsown areas) with sedge cuttings, removing trees and stabilizing the peat surface with tree trunks. In 2000 and 2007, maps were made of where each plant species was dominant (or co-dominant).

    (Summarised by: Nigel Taylor)

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