Noel Boylan, Paul Jennings & Michael Long reply: The authors thank the discusser for his interest in their paper and would like to respond to his observations. The discusser suggests that we “appear to introduce information that may be interpreted as contradictory to some previous and very precise accounts of peat engineering and instability that aimed to provide coherent and consistent frameworks for future researchers and practitioners (e.g. Hobbs 1986)”. The discusser does not substantiate this claim and raises issues that are mostly beyond the stated scope of our paper, which was to ‘summarize the issues surrounding peat slope failure...

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