Photo: Professor Julia Martin-Ortega (far left) at Whitelee Moor

On October 23rd, WaterLANDS hosted a workshop with Northumberland Peat Partnership.

In the morning there was an opportunity to explore Whitelee Moor - one of Britain's most important upland nature reserves which is a site of European conservation importance due to its active blanket bog and heather heaths. The group looked at restoration that had already been carried out and sites where more restoration is planned which will be funded through Countryside Stewardship.

In the afternoon the group met to share ideas and consider the latest science and rationale behind restoration. Some of the topics discussed included spatially-enhanced designs for peatland restoration; the DigiBog Hydro modelling tool; designing pools as carbon processors, flood reduction and aquatic biodiversity; the Palaeo context for peatland management; PeatDataHub; Findings from Dr Cat Moody’s Fellowship; Trees and Peat; and Economics, Finance, Values and Community Engagement.

The group left feeling excited and inspired by the nature and restoration, as well as the latest exciting research that was discussed.

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