In the summer of 2014, selected areas of the peatlands of Krumme Laake near Mueggelheim and the peatlands in the Erpetal were analysed in detail. For this purpose, the transect method was used, which means that digging, drilling and probing were conducted in a straight line and at the same distance each of 25 m (at Krumme Laake) or 10 m (at Erpetal). Values between localized soil data were interpolated. As a result, detailed analyses are possible for the peatland's stratigraphy and their connection to the surrounding landscape. Nature targets and possiblilities for peatland management may be discussed because of these results.
The peatland of Krumme Laake serves as a case study for forested peatlands embedded in glacial valley sands, which were influenced by drinking water extraction. The peatland of Erpetal was selected for additional analyses as a case study for river valley peatlands, in order to reflect on the measures of the Water Development Concept taken in accordance with the EU Water Framework Directive, and to discuss possible development targets and measures for peatland sites located directly within a settlement area.
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