Taking Peatlands to People
Basic decisions about where to locate interpretation can be made by considering how sensitive a peatland and its wildlife might be to human disturbance. If the site is very sensitive - for example because of its small size - it might be best to interpret the peatland off-site. In other words, aim to Take the Peatlands to People.
There may also be situations where both off-site interpretation and on-site access and interpretation are feasible. One place where this was done in the LEADER+ project was at Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve and its local area, in central Scotland.
In general, certain media are also - by their very nature - useful off-site. Simply by looking at this website's coverage of some excellent European peatlands, you are benefiting from a globally accessible type of 'Taking Peatlands to People'.
By its very nature, off-site interpretation provides an opportunity to interpret your site to a greater number of people. While off-site interpretation doesn't have the intimacy of onsite interpretation it can be very effective in increasing interest and understanding of your site. Options for offsite interpretation include:
- Interpretive leaflets
- CD ROMs
- Arts and crafts (using materials from peatlands or inspired by peatlands)
- Exhibitions (including photographic competitions)
- Radio and television broadcasts
Whether the focus of your work is off-site, on-site, or both, community participation should form an important part of the planning process. Good local participation can contribute useful ideas to projects and help people who live close to a peatland to feel more involved in cherishing this part of their natural and cultural heritage.
- Working with artists and other creative people to interpret a peatland
- Off-site peatland interpretation: