The University of Exeter (UoE) mires research team has produced a detailed GIS mapping resource of the peatlands on Dartmoor. Access the data by following this link: https://maps.dartmoor.gov.uk/peatland.html.
The UoE undertook a detailed analysis of various data sets to provide the GIS mapping of key features, that is, the extent of peatlands on Dartmoor, bare peat areas, gullies and erosion features, anthropogenic peat cutting areas, and previously unmapped Historic Environment features. Such features are known to affect ecological and hydrological processes operating in peatlands and it is therefore important to understand both their distribution and position in the landscape.
This detailed and accurate information regarding the presence of erosional and anthropogenic features across Dartmoor is an amazing resource, which will help to support and inform the ongoing management and conservation of Dartmoor’s peatland landscape.
The work was commissioned by the Dartmoor National Park Authority, with many thanks to the funders, Dartmoor National Park Authority, South West Water, Natural England, Dartmoor Society and Dartmoor Preservation Trust and the Duchy of Cornwall.
Map credit: University of Exeter