Final results conference April 2015
Restoration of blanket bogs; flood risk reduction and other benefits
Over 100 delegates attended the final conference held on 23rd April 2015 at the University of Manchester, Renold Building.
This conference provided a platform to report on the effects of restoration activities on vegetation, hydrology, water quality and multiple benefits. Models predicted the potential effect of re-vegetation on downstream discharge and the effect of gully block design.
It was back in 2009 that Defra funded three Multi-objective Flood Management Demonstration Projects to demonstrate that land management changes in catchments can contribute to the reduction of flood risk and, at the same time, deliver a range of other environmental, social and economic benefits.
The Making Space for Water Project was one of these projects – commissioned by the Environment Agency and managed by the Moors for the Future Partnership. It is situated on the north edge of Kinder plateau, part of the headwater catchment of the Upper Derwent Valley in the Peak District, Derbyshire.
Phase 1 (2009 – 2012) of the project was mainly concerned with restoration of the severely degraded blanket bog habitat and included such activities as brash spreading, fencing, re-vegetation (lime, seed and fertilizer) and gully blocking. In addition, equipment was installed for monitoring pre-restoration vegetation, water tables and peak flow rates.
Phase 2 (2012 – 2015) of the project is concerned mainly with monitoring the effects of post-restoration activities on hydrology and also includes the development of a flood risk model to assess the impact on downstream discharge, an ecosystem services assessment and a programme of knowledge exchange events.
Programme for the day
- Chris Dean - Moors for the Future Partnership Manager
- Jonathan Walker - Background to the Making Space for Water Project
Session 1 - Habitat and Water Quality
- Richard Pollitt - Favourable condition of blanket bogs
- Mike Pilkington - Re-vegetation, diversity and erosion potential (POC)
- Martin Evans - Restoration and water quality (DOC)
Session 2 - Flood Risk
- Tim Allott - Restoration and storm-flow in peatland headwaters
- David Milledge - Modelled predictions for downstream catchments
- Nick Odoni - Gully block design and storm water storage
Session 3 - Multiple Benefits, Valuation and Future Funding
- Colin Smith - Payments for ecosystem services in practice: opportunities and challenges
- Dylan Young - Connecting knowledge sources for shared land-use decisions
- Jim Rouquette - An assessment of ecosystem services
- Jasper Kenter - Valuing the Dark Peak; towards a payment for ecosystem services scheme
- Jonathan Walker - The next steps – whole catchment research
- Guest Speaker - Neil Davies
Summaries of presentations
Michael Pilkington - Moors for the Future Partnership - Restoration and re-vegetation, diversity and erosion potential (POC)
Dylan Young - University of Leeds - Connecting knowledge sources for joint land-use decision-making
Jim Rouquette - University of Northampton - Sustainable management of peatlands: An ecosystem services assessment
For more information about the project contact:
Dr Michael Pilkington, Making Space for Water Project Manager