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The disappearance of Sphagnum imbricatum from Butterburn Flow, UK: a reply to comments by Bjorn Robroek et al.

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Erin McClymont


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We welcome the comments by Bjorn Robroek et al. (The Holocene 19 (2009) 1093–1094, this issue) on our paper (McClymont et al., The Holocene 18 (2008) 991-1002) and the opportunity to discuss further the complexities that surround the disappearance of Sphagnum imbricatum from Butterburn Flow (our study), and the implications for understanding the disappearance of this species in northwest Europe. Wealso wish to clarify our site of study; we presented data only from Butterburn Flow, northern England. Although we note that the disappearance of S. imbricatum here is part of a wider European decline in the late Holocene, we did not present data from Wales or Ireland as suggested in the opening paragraph of Robroek’s comment. We also noted that the replacement of S. imbricatum by S. magellanicum occurred over c. 44 years, but proposed that it may have been longer owing to evidence for reduced peat accumulation across the transition.

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Author(s): McClymont EL, Mauquoy D, Yeloff D, Broekens P, van Geel B, Charman DJ, Pancost RD, Chambers FM, Evershed RP

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: The Holocene

Year: 2009

Volume: 19

Issue: 7

Pages: 1094-1097

Print publication date: 01/01/2009

ISSN (print): 0959-6836

ISSN (electronic): 1477-0911

Publisher: Sage


DOI: 10.1177/0959683609345086


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