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The Roles of Different Sphagnum Species in Bogs – Tuesday 28th April at 10.00

John O’Rielly will describe the unique features of Sphagnum plants that make them ideally suited to water storage and peat formation. We will introduce some of the key Sphagnum species that grow in bogs and describe the typical bog conditions that each is found in.

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Working with Landscape character and qualities of designated landscapes – a Development Management Perspective on

Tuesday 21st April at 14.00

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Working with Landscape character and qualities of designated landscapes – a Development Management Perspective – Thursday 19th March 12.00

UK policy for National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty calls for the conservation and enhancement of these area’s Natural Beauty and Special Qualities.

These areas are living cultural landscapes that through agriculture, forestry, tourism, heritage and energy related development sustain local communities, and in turn influence the landscape we see today.

This webinar will explore the range of development issues designated landscapes in Wales are experiencing and set to experience in response to climate change and supporting sustainable communities.  We will also look at some of the landscape planning and design solutions that can be used to seek ways of accommodating change in a way that conserves the character and qualities of a place.

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Molinia Management – Thursday 27th February 2020 at 12.00

Learn from researchers and practitioners who are at the forefront of Molinia management.

As part of our MoorLIFE2020 project, we are running a webinar alongside Europarc Atlantic Isles on the subject of Molinia management. Molinia caerulea, also called purple moor grass, covers large areas of deep peat. It can dominate other blanket bog species, lowering the diversity of the bog and reducing its condition status as defined by Natural England.

A Molinia-dominated bog does not work in the same way as a healthy blanket bog. Often having a reduced cover of Sphagnum mosses, it may not reduce the risk of flooding as effectively because there is less roughness to slow the flow of water. Its capacity to lock in carbon is also minimised, and a Molinia-covered bog carries a high risk of wildfire ignition.
It is important that land managers, conservation organisations, academics and other practitioners work closely together to manage the the risk that Molinia-domination carries for some of our vitally important blanket bogs.
This webinar will give you the opportunity to learn from farmers, ecologists and conservationists about how we can approach Molinia management using the latest research and knowledge from those at the forefront of the debate:
Speakers were:
Mike Pilkington (MFFP)
Chris Fry (MFFP)
Roger Meade (Marsden National Trust)
Robin Milton (Exmoor National Park Authority, NFU and farmer)

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Nature and Public Health: the role of health in improving the health of a population – Thursday 5th December by Dr William Bird from Intelligent Health  will look at how nature experience directly affects our minds and well-being. From cognitive performance to intracellular metabolic changes, Dr. Bird reveals how contact with green spaces can diminish stress levels and positively correlate with a decrease of mental illness, such as depression and anxiety.
From an individual level to a healthier society, nature and access to green spaces can positively shape our feelings of happiness and well-being by impacting the quality of our social relationships. In fact, recent studies show evidence of green spaces as key to reduce health inequalities and improve social cohesion.

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Sustainable Fisheries in Marine Protected Areas… how to make it possible? Wednesday 20th November at 12.00

The webinar will look at Fisheries assessment for management measures in Cromer Shoal Chalk Beds Marine Conservation Zone in Norfolk, UK, and will be presented by Fiona Tibbitt – Marine Lead Adviser, Natural England, and Alice Tebb – Agents of Change Project Coordinator, Marine Conservation Society

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Waterfalls, peat pipes & gullies: hydrological restoration of challenging blanket bog sites a Pennine PeatLIFE perspective – Tuesday 10 September at 12.00

In this webinar Dr Chris Miller Pennine PeatLIFE Project Officer explores some of the challenges of restoring the hydrology of highly degraded blanket bogs including waterfalls, peat pipes, and nested gullies.  Chris talks through some of the approaches used by the Pennine PeatLIFE project to tackle these problems, and reflects on the limitations of the techniques used.

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Coastal PioneersThursday 23 May 2019 at 3 p.m.

The webinar aims to outline the ambition of Defra’s Marine Pioneer and report what has been achieved so far in the two pilot areas. It is hoped that the pilots may provide a basis for work in other coastal protected areas.

Presenters will be:
Dr Aisling Lannin – Marine Pioneer Programme Lead, Business Development and Transformation
Marine Management Organisation
Chrissie Ingle – Marine Pioneer Coordinator, North Devon
Pete Cosgrove  Suffolk – Suffolk Pioneer Project Manager
The Marine Pioneer is one of 4 pioneers that is being used to test innovative ideas and new approaches (including natural capital) for the management of the environment.

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Demonstrating UAV Use: Pennine PeatLIFE – A Progress Report – Monday 13th May 2019 at 12 noon

Following the very popular first webinar  on use of UAVs, Chris Osbourne – GIS & Remote Sensing Officer for the Pennine PeatLife project will provide an update as the use to date of UAVs used in the Pennine PeatLIFE project including lessons learned, types of data/images we have so far, and what we plan to next.

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A peatland-tailored User Guide on methods to value benefits from restoration

The webinar was on Friday 8th February at 12.00 and  presented by Marie Ferre from Leeds University. Marie who talked about a guide to help peatland restoration practitioners and anyone interested in peatlands value the socio-economic benefits of their restoration developed by The Moors For the Future Partnership (MFFP), the Yorkshire Peat Partnership (YPP) and the University of Leeds .

The interactive ‘User Guide’, developed as part of the Yorkshire integrated Catchment Solutions Programme (iCASP), will help peatland practitioners better understand methods for valuing peatland’s ecosystem services, get an idea of the existing evidence on values, and make the case for investment in restoration.

This is a sneak preview of the Guide before iCASP’s full publicity machine rolls into motion

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Peatland Code in PracticeThis 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’s experience of 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.

Following the webinar on the Peatland code we have now organised a Question and Answer session with both Dr Jenny Sharman who presented the webinar and Jillian Hoy, Peatland Code Coordinator, IUCN UK Peatland Programme

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Bare Peat Restoration

Join North Pennines AONB Peatland Field Officer, Alistair Lockett, as she explains bare peat restoration techniques that have been employed across Pennine PeatLIFE sites. The webinar will explore these techniques and explain the rationale behind them. It will offer an insightful approach to the work of the Peatland Programme along with a summary of ongoing works within the Pennine PeatLIFE project.

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On Wednesday 8th August at 12.00 -13.00 The Green Halo Partnership

The Green Halo Partnership is  encouraging public, private and third sector organisations to recognise the economic and social value of the natural environment – its natural capital and the ecosystem services it provides in the New Forest National Park.Two studies have helped to map and value the ecosystem services associated with the New Forest National Park.  An Ecosystem Assessment produced a suite of ecosystem service maps to assist with delivery of the twin purposes and duty of the National Park.  The following year the New Forest National Park was selected as one of 6 pilot areas to develop a set of ecosystem accounts for protected and other land areas in the UK. The aim of the accounts was to quantify the extent and condition of ecosystem assets within the pilot area boundaries, as well as quantify and value the flow of ecosystem services from these assets.

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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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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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