M.G. Winter, K.J. Barker & J.M. Reid write: Boylan et al. (2008) are to be congratulated on their excellent contribution to the debate that is currently driving our understanding of peat slope failures in Ireland, the UK and beyond. Their work adds some useful context and detail to the interesting case study of a peat slide in Wales presented by Nichol et al. (2007).

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One of the most striking elements of the paper by Boylan et al. (2008) is the change in apparent risk over time. On pages 98 and 99 they state that ‘Over the period 1600 to...

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