Vegetation development and time elapsed after rewetting are generally regarded as important factors in the progress of fauna restoration. We compared invertebrate species assemblages between water bodies created by rewetting measures in raised bog areas in the Netherlands, differing in vegetation development and time elapsed after rewetting. Next to that, we sampled water bodies which have not been subject to restoration measures, but are remnants of the former use of the bogs, like peat cutting pits. Macroinvertebrates as well as microinvertebrates (Rotifera, Copepoda and Cladocera) were studied. As a reference macroinvertebrates were sampled in an intact raised bog system in Estonia.

Duinen, G.A. van, Brock, A., Kuper, J., Peeters, T., Verberk, W., Zhuge, Y. & Esselink, H. (2003). Restoration of degraded raised bogs: do aquatic invertebrates tell a different story? Ecohydrological processes in northern wetlands, selected papers of the International Conference & Educational Workshop.