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


Session 1 - Habitat and Water Quality

Session 2 - Flood Risk

Session 3 - Multiple Benefits, Valuation and Future Funding


Summaries of presentations

Michael Pilkington - Moors for the Future Partnership - Restoration and re-vegetation, diversity and erosion potential (POC)

Martin Evans - University of Manchester - The impact of restoration on DOC concentrations

Tim Allott, Emma Shuttleworth, Martin Evans - University of Manchester - Restoration and storm-flow in peatland headwaters

Colin Smith - Defra - Payment for Ecosystem Services in practice: opportunities and challenges

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

Neil Davies - Environment Agency - Guest speaker

Find out more about the speakers who took part in the conference

For more information about the project contact:
Dr Michael Pilkington, Making Space for Water Project Manager
07795 175433.

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