Peatlands and the Historic Environment

An Introduction to their Cultural and Heritage Value

This document provides an introduction to the archaeological, palaeoenvironmental and cultural significance and value of peatlands.

It describes where peat deposits are found and the wealth and diversity of heritage assets associated with them – illustrated with examples from both upland and lowland peat settings. Peatlands have further public value as carbon stores and for their rich biodiversity, and so their importance straddles the natural environment and historic environment sectors.

This document outlines the main natural and human-induced threats facing peatlands, of common concern to both sectors, and summarises some of the ways in which peatlands can be afforded protection.


  • Introduction
  • The resource
  • The cultural and heritage value
  • Managing peatlands
  • Designations and protections
  • Further reading
  • References
  • Glossary
  • Where to get advice
  • Acknowledgements

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 32
  • Product Code: HEAG300a


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