Cumbrian Bogs LIFE+ end of project conference

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Newton Rigg

Penrith

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This conference marks the end of the five year, EU LIFE-funded lowland raised peatbog restoration project, which has taken place over 3 sites in Cumbria. These are Bolton Fell Moss, Wedholme Flow, and Roudsea Wood and Mosses.

The two-day event includes morning presentations followed by afternoon site visits to see the restoration that has taken place.

The programme will explore the challenges and lessons learnt at each site, and features a film showing restoration techniques, and presentations on monitoring, community engagement and cultural ecosystem services. Other elements of the programme will include: a study of the project’s carbon balance and future projections; a question and answer session with the contractors involved in the project; the history and use of peat; and what happens after LIFE.

The conference is free of charge and is funded through the EU LIFE programme.

A conference meal in Penrith on the evening of 7 May is available for £26.50 on a first-come-first-served basis.

Cumbria Bogs LIFE+ is an EU funded project (LIFE13 NAT/UK/000443)


The deadline for registration for the conference and the conference meal is 18th April 2019.



Conference agenda

Day one: Morning presentations on history of Cumbria’s lowland raised peatbogs; presentations of restoration techniques at Bolton Fell Moss, Wedholme Flow and Roudsea Wood and Mosses; film of restoration techniques; and chair panel with contractors and restoration leads. Afternoon visit to either Bolton Fell Moss or Roudsea Wood and Mosses. Optional conference meal in the evening.

Day two: Morning presentations on monitoring of the sites and what has been learned so far; carbon balance of the sites and future projections; community engagement and cultural ecosystem services; what’s next for afterlife. Afternoon visit to either Bolton Fell Moss or Roudsea Wood and Mosses.



Site visits outline

Site visits are available on each afternoon to Roudsea Wood & Mosses, Bolton Fell Moss and Wedholme Flow.

Please let us know if you have any special requirements regarding access.

Packed lunches will be provided for the afternoon site visits. If you have a dietary requirement please state when completing your registration.

Roudsea Wood and Mosses National Nature Reserve is a NATURA 2000 Special Area of Conservation site which had been drained, but never commercially milled. The bog area became overgrown with Scots Pine and Rhododendron, this further dried the bog. We have been restoring the bog area by:

  • Flailing rhododendron and scrub

  • Removing the Scots Pine where appropriate

  • Re-profiling cut faces from domestic peat cutting

  • Blocking drains and raising the water levels using peat cell bunding techniques

  • Monitoring changes in hydrology and vegetation at the site throughout the restoration process

The site visit will show the results of these restoration actions and discuss issues of restoring degraded vegetated lowland raised bogs. Ospreys have nested here, and if they return this year, there will hopefully be a possibility of viewing them.

Bolton Fell Moss is a site which is being declared as a National Nature Reserve this year, and is a NATURA 2000 Special Area of Conservation. The majority of this 375ha site was commercially milled for horticultural peat until 2013. Since then the restoration of this site has included the following:

  • Removal of trees from vegetated areas around the edges of the milling fields

  • Creation of fen habitats where the remaining peat was shallow

  • Creation of bog habitats where remaining peat was deeper

  • Re-vegetating bare peat with fen and bog species

  • Raising and managing water levels across the site

  • Monitoring changes in hydrology, greenhouse gas emissions, and vegetation at the site throughout the restoration process

The site visit will show the results of these restoration actions and discuss issues of restoring and re-vegetating degraded milled peat lowland raised bogs.

Wedholme Flow is a NATURA 2000 site and forms part of the South Solway Mosses National Nature Reserve and Special Area of Conservation. The bog had been commercially milled up until 2002, and some restoration had taken place but with limited success. Work carried out in the BogLIFE project includes:

  • Re-working of old cell bunding

  • Managing water levels across the site

  • Re-vegetating bare peat with bog species

  • Monitoring changes in hydrology and vegetation throughout the restoration process

The site visit will show the results of this restoration works and discuss issues of restoring ex-milling sites, managing water levels and discussing the lessons learnt from previous restoration works.


Conference Meal at the George Hotel, Penrith on Tuesday 7th May at 7.30pm (optional)

The cost of the meal is £26.50.

There is a limit of 100 diners at the hotel, this will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

The menu choices can be viewed here

To attend the meal, please state your preferences when completing your registration.



Posters and stalls

Do you want to display a poster or have a stall at the conference?

Please let us know what your requirement are, and what you would like to display when completing your registration.



Accommodation providers in and around Penrith

A list of potential accomodation providers can be found here

The Eden Tourist Information website with an accommodation guide for the whole area can be found at: www.visiteden.co.uk



Further information

If you have any queries relating to the conference please contact the Cumbrian Bogs LIFE+ project team:

Email: cumbria.boglife@naturalengland.org.uk

Mob: 07881 255343


Thank you for completing this attendance form.

We will be sending out information relating to the conference after 15th April.

This will include:

  • How to get to Penrith and the conference venue, transport and taxi firms.

  • Conference programme

  • Contact list of delegates

  • Map of George Hotel location for those booked on evening meal.

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