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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.


Hareden Fell Frozen - taken by UAV

Hareden Fell frozen pond – taken by UAV

The Sphagnum Trials

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.

Sphagnum benefits:

  • 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.