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According to the wikipedia article, a shieling can be a hut, a collection of huts, or a pasture. This is too ambiguous to be of any use in OSM. On the other hand, the wikipedia article ignores that the same kind of features exist all over the world. The photos in the wikipedia article could as well have been taken from my home country, Austria.

When I first came across the tag in Taginfo and read the "abandoned mountain pasture" in the description, I thought that it's about former pastures which have been reforested. Their smooth surface makes them look very distict from other forests particularly when looking at a digital terrain model (DTM) made with a laser scan. So it would be nice to have a tag for these reforested pastures/meadows. But as I see now, this is not what's called a shieling, even though that term is so ambiguous. --Fkv (talk) 11:21, 16 September 2017 (UTC)

Recommendation to use place=shieling

I don't think it makes sense to tag these as place=shieling if they are being used. If they are currently used as farms, and have a name, then they can be mapped as place=farm. If they are no longer a farm but are still used as a named isolated dwelling which is not part of another settlement, then there is place=isolated_dwelling. And actual pasture lands can be mapped with landuse=meadow. --Jeisenbe (talk) 16:20, 10 October 2020 (UTC)

+1 Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 07:35, 11 October 2020 (UTC)
I agree that place=shieling is not needed. However, even if one of the buildings of the historic shieling have survived I think it makes sense to use historic=shieling to note the historical function of the place. In my country, a large number of historical shielings have a (old or new) holiday cottage on the property. --NKA (talk) 09:46, 11 October 2020 (UTC)
Yes, the tag historic=shieling is fine, if this information is verifiable as true or false by local mappers. --Jeisenbe (talk) 15:37, 11 October 2020 (UTC)