Climate change: CO2 emissions rising for first time in four years

Peatlands are part of the solution as nations struggle to control their carbon emissions. Damaged peatlands around the world emit 6% of the annual carbon dioxide total. Sustainable management and restoration of peatlands is a cost effective natural way to reduce global carbon emissions that provides other benefits such as floor amelioration, increased water quality and quantity and the protection of biodiversity.

 

Join our next webinar

Pennine PeatLIFE Webinar: UK Peatland Code Progress

Presented by Jenny Sharman from Pennine PeatLIFE, this webinar will provide a brief introduction to the UK Peatland Code – a voluntary standard for UK peatland projects looking to market the ecosystem benefits of restoration. It will focus on the Pennine PeatLIFE experience in the initial stages of registering and validating two of its Yorkshire Dales sites. This has resulted in the successful registration of one of England’s first ever Peatland Code sites.

Click here to register and join the webinar on December 10, 2018, 12 pm. Webinar ID:  611-589-563

Pennine PeatLIFE funders and partners attend site visit.

Pennine PeatLIFE funders and partners view restoration work on degraded blanket bog.

Pennine PeatLIFE lead partner North Pennines AONB Partnership hosted the project’s major funders to review the bare peat restoration work on Tynehead Fell rrstoraion work funders @EnvAgencyYNE @EnvAgencyNW @nwater_care & @YorkshireWater looking at bare #peat restoration in the @NorthPennAONB highlighting our landscape scale work across county boundaries of #Cumbria #Durham #Yorkshire and #Lancashire #penninepeatlife

 

EU investment package for nature

The European Commission has approved an investment package of €243 million from the EU budget for projects under the LIFE programme supporting nature, the environment and quality of life in Europe’s transition to a more sustainable and low-carbon future. Member States will benefit from quarter of a billion euros of investments in environment, nature and climate action.

LIFE programme press release link.

Peatland restoration experts share knowledge

Peatland specialists from a UK restoration project have visited their twinning partners in Finland on the second leg of a peatland expertise exchange.

Along with colleagues from the IUCN UK Peatland Programme and the Environment Agency, members of the Pennine PeatLIFE team joined Finnish partners from Hydrology LIFE to share world-leading knowledge and expertise. The twinning programme was set up by environmental network Eurosite.

Peat project memebers in Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Park © Jari Ilmonen

Peat project members in Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Park © Jari Ilmonen

Pennine PeatLIFE is an EU LIFE Programme project, restoring peatlands in the North Pennines AONB, the Yorkshire Dales and the Forest of Bowland AONB. It is co-financed by Environment Agency, Northumbrian Water, United Utilities and Yorkshire Water. During a four day visit the Pennine PeatLIFE team looked at how peatlands are restored in the different conditions further north. This followed a visit by Hydrology LIFE and the Eurosite network to the North Pennines AONB earlier in the year. The peat specialists from each country were keen to discover how differing restoration techniques could be applied on their home patch. In both legs of the exchange the Pennine PeatLIFE team demonstrated survey techniques using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The report of the visit can be seen here.

There are numerous benefits to the environment and to society of restoring damaged peatlands. They play a vital role in mitigating climate change through carbon storage, and also provide wildlife habitats, improve water quality and help to reduce the risk of flooding through slowing the flow.

Tim Thom, Peat Programme Manager at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, said:

“Throughout this project we have been working with our international partners, and this has helped the teams in both countries to share good practice and learn from successful restoration work. We’d like to thank our hosts at Hydrology LIFE for their hospitality and for sharing their achievements with us.”

Tuomas Haapalehto, Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland Project Manager said:

“In our exchange visit to the North Pennines AONB earlier this year we learned a lot about the techniques used in the UK for peatland restoration. We were delighted to host the return leg of this visit and have been able to share the knowledge and success of our restoration projects here in Finland.”

Katie Aspray of the Environment Agency said:

“Pennine PeatLIFE is helping us towards the ambitions set out in the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan, protecting peatlands as our largest carbon store and the vast range of other environmental and flood risk benefits that peat restoration brings.”

Launched in October 2017, the £6 million Pennine PeatLIFE project aims to restore a huge 1,300 hectares of bog – space enough for over 1,000 cricket matches to be held all at once. In addition to the ecosystem service benefits that restored peatlands bring to society, the project will spend the majority of the £6 million in the local economies of the North Pennines, Nidderdale and Forest of Bowland Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Yorkshire Dales National Park over the course of its restoration work.

Glasson Moss volunteer day, 07/06/18, 11:00 to 15:00

Would you like to be involved in blanket bog restoration? It’s a beautiful and important habitat that helps to filter our drinking water; is home to amazing plants and animals; locks up carbon that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere; slows the flow of rainwater into our rivers and so can help manage flooding. Unfortunately, much of this habitat is badly eroded and we need your help to restore it.

Volunteers will be collecting seeds from two species of cottongrass; Eriophorum angustofolium and vaginatum. After collection, we will cultivate them in a nursey for transplantation at sites within the North Pennines AONB. Cottongrasses are important peat-forming species typical of upland bog habitats. They are characteristic of moorlands, with white-cottony heads that bloom during the summer months. Collecting viable seed sources will enable the reintroduction of cottongrass to degraded areas within the North Pennines AONB and improve blanket bog vegetation.

Glaston Moss meeting point, Crown copyright and database rights 2018, Ordnance Survey

Glaston Moss meeting point, Crown copyright and database rights 2018, Ordnance Survey

You’ll be collecting seeds at Glasson Moss, part of South Solway Mosses National Nature Reserve, located approximately 22km west of Carlisle, Cumbria. Parking is located near the reserve entrance between Kirkbride and Bowness-on-Solway. Parking is tight, if attending and possible please consider car sharing on the day to increase available parking space.

Glasson moss is situated in a boggy, exposed location meaning weather can change rapidly. Volunteers will need to dress appropriately in warm clothes and waterproofs, gloves and robust footwear. The event will be outdoors for all of the day so volunteers should bring packed lunch and drinks. Sun-cream and insect repellent are also recommended.

For additional information please call Christopher Watt on 01388 528801 or email (c.watt@northpenninesaonb.org.uk).