The Importance of Meres and Mosses

Please note: This course will be delivered to booked delegates remotely via Zoom 2pm to 5pm on 26 November with a second session 10am to 1pm on 27 November.

The maximum delegate number for the course remains unchanged in order to ensure value and interactivity and as such if the button below says ‘Add name to waiting list’ then the course is fully booked.


This one day course delivered as two online sessions across two days will help participants understand the environmental importance of meres and mosses, with particular emphasis on Sphagnum moss bogs. Participants will learn to identify and recognise different types of peatland and bog habitat. We will look at case studies of existing and historical wetland projects and different management techniques.


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.

Who Should Attend?

This course is suitable for local authority ecologists and planners, conservation officers and licensing staff within SNCOs or NGO’s, students, ecological consultants, environmental managers, wardens and rangers. This course is also suitable for conservation volunteers.

Knowledge Level


Prior Knowledge

No prior knowledge or experience is necessary.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand small-scale habitat/species management or habitat creation projects in relation to meres and mosses.
  • Understand small-scale habitat/species management or habitat creation projects in relation to meres and mosses.
  • 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.
  • Understand species ecology and distribution in relation to meres and mosses.
  • Use safe, biosecure and legal species handling techniques.
  • Recognise personal limitations and areas for development and seeking opportunities to develop knowledge, understanding and skills.


We will take a scheduled break during training for refreshments.


Tickets Person(s) Price
Member Ticket 1 £120.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £180.00