In response to an information request about DEFRA’s knowledge of peat resources, following their scandalously abject policy measure to restrict burning on peatlands, this was received (not by me, I am grateful to the excellent and talented Guy Shrubsole).
The most interesting paragraph, although it is all riveting of course, is this one:
We do not currently hold a map of all peat that is 40cm or more deep. This is because it is being developed by a peat mapping project that is in commencement. Following the completion of the map, it will be published. We do hold some limited data at: https://magic.defra.gov.uk/MagicMap.aspx. From the Table of Contents, select ‘Landscapes’, followed by ‘Geology and Soils’, and ‘Soilscape (England)’. This will show a map of peat soils in England, although it does not demonstrate the depth of peat.
So, you may remember that after delay after delay after delay, DEFRA announced measures to protect ‘England’s national rainforests’ aka peatlands in areas where the peat depth is >40cm, which were roundly condemned by environmentalists as being no use at all, and roundly condemned by parliamentarians as being no use at all and now we learn that DEFRA doesn’t know much, and certainly doesn’t know where these peatlands are.
DEFRA should be banning burning on all peatlands with very few exceptions.