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New briefings released...

We are pleased to release the latest in the series of briefing notes written and prepared by Richard Lindsay, Richard Birnie and Jack Clough. Adding to the 10 previously prepared by the group for the IUCN UK Peatland Programme, covering topics such as drainage, forestry and burning amongst other issues, the two new briefing notes look at Peatland Restoration and Tracks on Peatland.

Peatland leaflet available to share


The IUCN UK Peatland Programme has published a new peatland leaflet aimed to provide background information on this special habitat, including why it's so extraordinary and how it can be saved. Ideal for sharing with audiences with no prior knowledge of peatlands, the leaflet can now be downloaded here or alternatively paper copies requested from joanna.richards@iucn.org.uk.

Savills lend their support to Peatland Code event

 
Peatland Code Event
Represen
tatives from peatland restoration, landowning and investment sectors, amongst others, gathered at an evening reception hosted by Savills, on 11th April in London. Following a presentation by Clifton Bain on the need for peatland restoration and an introduction to the Peatland Code, lively discussion took place on the practicalities of peatland restoration and possible finance models.

A similar event will take place in Edinburgh in May with more details to follow on our website.

NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS

Articles and news from IUCN UK PP and guest contributors

ACTION FOR SCOTLAND'S PEATLANDS

It's the end of another busy project year for Peatland ACTION, so Julia Quin at Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has taken a look back at all that has been achieved by the project in Scotland over the past three years.
Cairnsmore National Nature Reserve

Water quality monitoring programme in Fleet catchment

The acidity of the Fleet catchment headwaters in Dumfries and Galloway has led to the development of a new water quality monitoring programme, funded by Peatland ACTION. Peatland drainage, acid rain and nearby conifers are thought to have contributed to the acidity, which led to a crash in fish populations in the 1970s. The project aims to link peatland condition and water quality, and assess the impacts of future peatland restoration.
Brash being airlifted

MoorLIFE project to receive award
 

Moors for the Future Partnership's MoorLIFE project is to receive an award for being one of the best LIFE nature projects of 2015, in recognition of the successful completion of their five year project.
 
Restoration work underway at Airds Moss

Airds Moss restored

The final phase of peatland restoration has been completed at Airds Moss in Scotland by East Ayrshire Coalfield Environmental Initiative (CEI) and partner RSPB. An internationally important site for its blanket bog and bird species, the work has covered over 40 ha of peat bog.
Exmoor Mires Partnership

Work on Exmoor halted

Owing to the start of the ground nesting bird breeding season restoration has stopped on Exmoor. Most recently the project began work on the 'Warren Farm' area. This site is over 500 ha in total, part of the North Exmoor SSSI and in ownership of the Exmoor National Park Authority and a private landowner. Work will start again in late August.

Monitoring goes on: United Utilities SCaMP Project

The project has been monitoring impacts of restoration on peat groundwater levels, colour production/ release and vegetation enhancement for 10 years and are set to continue to 2020. An interim report shows positive changes in vegetation and water quality.

John Muir Trust

A short video detailing the work put in to manage Skye's protected peatlands and restore native broadleaf woodlands

JOB LISTINGS

Field Technician
Environmental Research Institute, Thurso
A motivated individual is required to provide technical support to underpin a wide range of peatland research.
Closing date: 22nd April 2016
Email: nhchr@uhi.ac.uk

PhD Studentship: The role of Sphagnum in peatland restoration
University of Exeter, College of Life and Environmental Science
The University of Exeter in partnership with South West Water invite applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in September 2016.
 
Closing date: 1st May 2016
Email: a.gallego-sala@exeter.ac.uk

PhD Studentship: Ecohydrological analysis of blanket bog catchments
Queen's University Belfast, School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering
Queen's University Belfast seeks a graduate in Earth Science, Environmental Science, (field-based) Life Science or Environmental / Civil Engineering for a salaried PhD studentship to commence in June 2016.
 
Closing date: 1st May 2016
Email: r.flynn@qub.ac.uk
 

NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD...

News items

*This list is by no means comprehensive, nor are these stories endorsements from the Programme, but for your information only.
The International Mire Conservation Group (IMCG) shared news of worldwide celebrations in honour of World Wetlands Day, including in New Zealand, Russia and France in their latest bulletin. If you've not read it, download from here.

Reports and papers

A new Community Science Project has been launched by Moors for the Future Partnership to monitor ring ouzel and redwing.

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