Our webinars

Our next webinar will be on Tuesday 5th June at 12.00 – 13.00 Geospatial Analysis of Blanket Bog habitats utilising 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.

The 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.

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Past Webinars

On Friday 4th May 12.00- 13.00 Adding fuel to the fire: the pivotal role of Fire Operations Groups (FOGs) in wildfire fighting 

This second webinar  of the two in the wildfire series showcased the power and importance of partnership work in attending wildfires, and dealing with their aftermaths. Robert Stacey from Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, Secretary of the Northumberland Fire Group, will talk about improving understanding of wildfires internationally. Robert’s presentation will be followed by two other speakers on the wildfire subject. 

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On Thursday 26th April at 12.00 Rising from the ashes – wildfire conservation, research and prevention in the UK and beyond

Two months after the Moors for the Future Partnership started, a huge fire swept across Bleaklow moor, sending plumes of thick smoke across Greater Manchester, forcing Manchester airport to close. The fire burnt seven hectares of moorland -equivalent of 14 football or hockey pitches -killing everything in its path from vegetation to livestock. This fire epitomised the task ahead and Bleaklow became the focus of the initial restoration works. Since then, the Partnership has undertaken conservation and science work on a wide range of moorland sites across the Peak District and South Pennines that stretch from Leek in Staffordshire to the River Aire in Yorkshire. This introduction will be followed by two other speakers on the wildfire subject by the Moors for the future partnership around Wildfires

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Paul Leadbitter provided a detailed outline of the Pennine PeatLIFE project on  Thursday 8th March at 12.30

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Funded by the EU LIFE programme with match funding from Yorkshire Water, Environment Agency, Northumbrian Water and United Utilities Pennine PeatLIFE is a new restoration project working on internationally important blanket bog in northern England. The partnership led by the North Pennines AONB Partnership in conjunction with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and the Forest of Bowland AONB will restore 1,350 ha of degraded bog habitat over a four year period on 16 sites across northern England. Restoration will deploy a range of techniques such as gully blocking, sphagnum planting, application

of seed rich brash and coir rolls. In addition to practical restoration the project will demonstrate, contribute and evaluate the most cost effective way of sphagnum establishment. The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) as a proxy method for monitoring vegetation change after restoration will also be demonstrated as well as showcasing the Peatland Code as a viable payment for ecosystem services (PES) approach for upland peatlands.

 

From ecological meltdown to community-led marine protection; the Community of Arran case study 

Monday 29th of January at 13.30 Watch here

Howard Wood (Chair of Community of Arran Seabed Trust) will talk about spearheadeding a campaign that established the first community-developed Marine Protected Area in Scotland, giving citizens a voice in a debate that has been dominated by the commercial fishing industry.

The Firth of Clyde was once known for plentiful fishing of herring, cod, haddock, and turbot. Small-scale traditional fishing provided a source of livelihood for generations of families in the Clyde and Arran, who were able to fish sustainably thanks to long-standing laws that banned practices that towed fishing gear along the seabed.

However, growing international demand for seafood and sustained lobbying by powerful commercial fishing interests in the 1980s led the British government to repeal various seabed protection measures. Coupled with technological advances in fishing, the new industry-friendly policies opened up the Firth of Clyde to the more destructive fishing practices.

 

Reducing the visual impacts of major Infrastructure in the protected landscapes of England and Wales

2pm, Monday 6th February 2017

EUROPARC Atlantic Isles in partnership with National Grid are jointly hosting an open webinar to highlight the ground-breaking Visual Improvement Provision project, a major initiative to reduce the visual impact of National Grid’s existing transmission lines in protected areas across England and Wales.

Using a £500 million allowance made available by the UK’s energy regulator, Ofgem, National Grid plans to reduce the visual impact of sections of high voltage overhead lines by burying cables underground in four Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks.

EAI NG New Forest

 This free event focused on four themes:

  • The evolution of this initiative and how National Grid developed a policy for the project.
  • How the landscape methodology for the project was developed
  • The crucial role of stakeholders in guiding this decision making process.
  • How the allowance is also being used to promote other landscape benefits in as many protected areas in England and Wales

 

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