Large-scale habitat restoration at Dove Stone RSPB-UU Partnership

Summary

An in-depth assessment of the work of the RSPB-UU Dove Stone Partnership, particularly work on the blanket bog-dominated peatland, including restoration and translocation of Sphagnum. Enhancing diversity on the moorland edge is of immense complementary value, improving the site for wildlife, water, ecosystem function and, not least, people. This event is organised jointly by the North West Section and Ecological Restoration and Habitat Creation SIG Committees.

Description

Event Leaders: Kate Hanley and Jon Bird (RSPB)

RSPB-United Utilities’ Dove Stone Partnership began in 2010, building on the work of UU' Sustainable Catchment Management Programme (SCaMP 2005-2010). It is a partnership between a water company and a conservation charity with shared aims to improve the site for biodiversity, water quality and people.

The 4,000ha site, in the north-west of the Peak District National Park includes 2,500ha of peatland and a fringe of heath and grassland. It is of European importance, part of the South Pennine Moors SPA/SAC, with designated features including blanket bog and associated moorland habitat and birds like Golden Plover, Curlew, Dunlin and Short-eared Owl. A 5-hour walk will take in moorland edge woodland and scrub restoration and out onto the blanket bog plateau looking at a range of peatland restoration work, including re-vegetating bare peat, raising water tables and reducing erosion by a number of techniques (stone, heather and plastic piling dams) and a detailed look at Sphagnum restoration, bringing back this important component of blanket bog. Monitoring data will be presented. We will see how formerly eroding peatland is beginning to become a wetland again, and discuss the benefits that this can bring for a number of ecosystem services. We will also be able to discuss wildfire risk and mitigation, and the opportunities and challenges that conservation and wider upland land management might face in the future.

Knowledge Level

Beginner - Intermediate

Prior Knowledge

Basic knowledge of moorland and bog habitats.

Refreshments

Please bring your own.

Bookings

This event is open to both CIEEM Members and non members. Advance booking is essential as places are limited. Please book your ticket below.

Tickets

Tickets Person(s) Price
Member Ticket 1 £12.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £16.00
Student Ticket 1 £5.00