LIFE Peatlands Project
Black Thoated Diver

Restoring Active Blanket Bog of European Importance in the North of Scotland


Preparatory analysis and assessments

Management Strategy


Other awareness-raising publications

Survey and monitoring reports

Action Plans
Active blanket bog is a priority habitat and in 1999, the UK Biodiversity Group published an action plan for the habitat.

The key objectives of the UK Biodiversity Action Plan for active blanket bogs are:

  • Maintain the current extent and overall distribution of blanket mire in favourable condition;
  • Improve the condition of those areas of blanket mire which are degraded but readily restored, so that the total area in, or approaching, favourable condition by 2005 is 340,000 ha;
  • Introduce management regimes to improve to, and subsequently maintain in, favourable condition a further 280,000 ha of degraded blanket mire by 2010.
  • Introduce management regimes to improve the condition of a further 225,000 ha of degraded blanket mire by 2015, resulting in a total of 845,000 ha in, or approaching, favourable condition.

For further information, please see the action plan at:


Brooks, S and Stoneman, R 1997. Conserving Bogs: the Management Handbook. The Stationery Office, Edinburgh.

Lindsay, RA, Charman, DJ, Everingham, F, O'Reilly, RM, Palmer, MA, Rowell, TA and Stroud, DA 1988. The Flow Country: The peatlands of Caithness and Sutherland. Nature Conservancy Council. Peterborough.

Minns, DI, Housden, S, Avery, M and Bainbridge, I 1989. The Flow Country: Peatland Under Threat. RSPB Conservation Review No. 3: 68-71.

Parkyn, L, Stoneman, R.E. and Ingram, H.A.P.(eds.). 1997. Conserving Peatlands. CAB International.

Thompson, P.S., Bain, C. and Wilkie, N.M. 1998. A Brighter Future for Blanket Bogs. RSPB Conservation Review 12: 37-44


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