Toberman, H. et al

Peat survey in England, Scotland and Wales carried out during 2014 [LTLS]

Data comprise bulk density, loss on ignition, carbon content of peat, nitrogen content of peat, total phosphorus content of peat, soil 13 carbon content and soil 14 carbon content from samples collected during a peat survey in England, Scotland and Wales during 2014.

The study was funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council under the Macronutrient Cycling Research Programme, as part of the Long-Term, Large-Scale (LTLS) project (Grant no. NE/J011533/1).

Publication date: 2016-03-24

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This dataset is made available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

Format of the data: Comma-separated values (CSV)

You must cite: Toberman, H.; Tipping, E.; NERC RadioCarbon Facility; Somerville, C.; Helliwell, R.; Carter, H.; Keenan, P.; Pereira, M.G.; Patel, M.; Tanna, B.; Thompson, N.; Bryant, C.; Elliott, F.; Gulliver, P. (2016). Peat survey in England, Scotland and Wales carried out during 2014 [LTLS]. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.


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Study area
Temporal extent
2014-05-08    to    2014-06-17

Provenance & quality

Triplicate adjacent cores were extracted in 2013 using both a box corer (to recover the surface vegetation and uppermost 1 m of peat) and a Russian-type corer (for peat deeper than 1 m).

All cores extended down to the underlying mineral substrate, ranging in length from 95 cm (Glensaugh) to 417 cm (Forsinard).

The cores were carefully extruded, sliced at 10 cm intervals, air-dried for one week, manually sieved to 2 mm to remove large particles and roots, oven-dried at 60°C to remove residual moisture and ball-milled to a fine, homogenous powder.

Bulk densities of all samples were calculated prior to milling by dividing the dry matter mass by the original volume of wet material.

Phosphorus content was measured colorimetrically using a Seal Analytical AQ2 discrete analyser after digestion in H2SO4/H2O2.

After drying at 105°C, carbon and nitrogen were determined on an Elementar Vario-EL analyser using an ISO17025 accredited method.

Loss-on-ignition (LOI) was determined by combustion in a muffle furnace at 550°C for two hours.


This dataset is included in the following collections

The Long Term Large Scale Project [LTLS]


Schillereff, D. N., Boyle, J. F., Toberman, H., Adams, J. L., Bryant, C. L., Chiverrell, R. C., Helliwell, R. C., Keenan, P., Lilly, A., & Tipping, E. (2016). Long-term macronutrient stoichiometry of UK ombrotrophic peatlands. Science of The Total Environment, 572, 1561–1572

Correspondence/contact details

UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg


Toberman, H.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Tipping, E.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
NERC RadioCarbon Facility
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Somerville, C.
Northeastern University
Helliwell, R.
The James Hutton Institute
Carter, H.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Keenan, P.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Pereira, M.G.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Patel, M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Tanna, B.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Thompson, N.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Bryant, C.
NERC RadioCarbon Facility
Elliott, F.
NERC RadioCarbon Facility
Gulliver, P.
SUERC AMS Facility

Other contacts

NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
Rights Holder
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Environmental survey Soil
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/J011533/1
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
Last updated
20 May 2022 10:41