Pennine PeatLIFE Webinar: Geospatial Analysis of Blanket Bog Habitats Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Technology
Since 2012 the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has been using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Technology to survey areas of degraded blanket bog habitats.
The work has been conducted across the mountains and foothills that comprise the low-rising Pennine mountain range in northern England. The high resolution imagery and Digital Surface Models (DSMs) generated from these surveys allows us to analyse and map blanket bogs in far greater detail than we previously could before.
This webinar will outline some of the methodologies that we have developed during this time and how they will be applied to Pennine PeatLIFE. This includes but is not limited to the automated mapping of erosion features, analysis of hydrology and geomorphology, creation of photorealistic 3D terrain models, the creation of cross sectional profiles of gully systems and the 3D modelling of subsurface peat reserves. By helping us to understand and quantify erosion, the information generated from these surveys will help us to target resources, and make informed decisions on how and where to carry out restoration work in order protect and enhance these precious habitats.
Click here to register and join the webinar. Webinar ID: 215-481-035.
Sphagnum moss is an important peat-building component in upland bog systems. Many blanket bogs have lost a significant amount of Sphagnum coverage and it is essential to reintroduce the plant to re-vegetate our peatlands.
- capable of holding double its own weight in water
- the lower parts of the plant accumulate over time in saturated conditions, leading to the production of peat
- forms multi-coloured carpets, adding to the beautiful landscapes where they are found
Pennine PeatLIFE is trialling a number of methods of reintroducing Sphagnum, including:
- planting plug plants grown under greenhouse conditions
- spreading fragments, pellets or gel
- harvesting and transplanting clumps by hand
- spreading fragments by machine
Each site and method provides different challenges, and Pennine PeatLIFE will use the trials to determine the most suitable technique for each type of location.