The Importance of Meres and Mosses


This course will cover identification of different types of peatland (e.g. bog, mire, fen) and recognition of bog habitats (e.g. raised, blanket, quaking etc). Participants will also learn about peat formation and edge habitats (e.g. lagg) and the positive and negative indicators that help inform management techniques. Participants will understand the environmental importance of mosses and meres (e.g. in terms of flooding, water quality, carbon sequestration) along with the importance of meres and mosses as wildlife corridors or 'stepping stones'.

We will look at case studies identifying existing and historical wetland projects. Participants will learn about Sphagnum moss species taxonomy and classification and other bog specialist species. We will also cover designations and protected status (including NIAs, RAMSAR, IPAs, Priority Species and SSSIs), rare species, invasive species and threats.

Training will take place remotely via Zoom at a relaxed pace over two half days.


Session Date of session Session Times
Session 1 11 April 2024 10:00am - 13:00
Session 2 12 April 2024 10:00am - 13:00

Knowledge Level

Beginner - Intermediate

Learning Outcomes

  • 1. Understand small-scale habitat/species management or habitat creation projects in relation to meres and mosses.
  • 2. Understand taxonomy and classification of Sphagnum moss species.
  • 3. Identify, classify and evaluate the influence of the physical aspects of the environment (e.g. landscape character, soils, hydrology, air quality, geomorphology and erosion) that affect the range and complexity of bog habitats and species.
  • 4. Understand species ecology and distribution in relation to meres and mosses.
  • 5. Use safe, biosecure and legal species handling techniques.
  • 6. Recognise personal limitations and areas for development and seeking opportunities to develop knowledge, understanding and skills.


Tickets Person(s) Price (£)
CIEEM Member Ticket 1 £135.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £195.00