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| 20 Jun 2019
Event: Peatland Hydrology Workshop

Cumbria Bog LIFE and Pennine PeatLIFE Peatland Hydrology Workshop 20th-21st June 2019   Day 1: Indoor session at Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s Plumgarths Office, near Kendal (lunch included) Day 2: Site visits to RSPB Geltsdale and Walton Moss NNR
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| 7 May 2019
Event: Cumbria BogLIFE end of project conference

This conference marks the end of the five year, EU LIFE-funded lowland raised peatbog restoration project, which has taken place over 3 sites in Cumbria. These are Bolton Fell Moss, Wedholme Flow, and Roudsea Wood and Mosses.
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| 7 May 2019
News: Managing the Uplands for Public Benefit House of Commons Reception

Over 48 representatives from across the peatland community in the UK as well as MPs and Peers attended a parliamentary reception in Westminster celebrating the importance celebrate of upland peatland catchments - recognising their intrinsic value and the public benefits they provide.  The event focussed on sharing the following key messages:
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| 5 May 2019
News: Peatland biodiversity - butterflies & moths

At Butterfly Conservation we understand the great value of healthy functioning peatlands for biodiversity. While much of the focus is on the specialised plants found on peat bogs, there are a number of butterflies and moths which are associated with bogs too. Some of them are there because their caterpillar foodplants only grow on bogs; the caterpillars of the Large Heath butterfly Coenonympha tullia, for example, feed almost exclusively on Hare’s-tail Cottongrass (Eriophorum vaginatum).
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| 5 May 2019
News: Inclusion of peatlands in the UK's GHG emissions inventory published

The long-awaited report on inclusion of peatlands in the UK’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory has now been published by the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The work, which was led by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the James Hutton Institute, has produced revised estimates of peat extent and condition, and new UK-specific emission factors for a range of management and land-use activities on peat.
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| 5 May 2019
News: Record breaking Spring temperatures exacerbate wildfire outbreaks across the UK.

The summer heatwave of 2018 was accompanied by wildfires across the UK with a major incident declared at Saddleworth Moor in the Peak District where homes in nearby villages had to be evacuated.  The wildfire problem has hit the headlines again with record breaking Spring temperatures accompanied by several serious outbreaks including peatland at the National Trust’s Marsden Moor. The threat to human lives, disruption to travel as well as the huge financial costs in tackling the fires and dealing with the damaging consequences deserves urgent national attention.
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| 5 May 2019
News: Ugie Peatland Partnership welcomes restoration of local bog

Bog restoration works are expected to benefit local water quality and nature, as well as contribute to meeting our climate change targets. Members of the Ugie Peatland Partnership (UPP), who aim to restore 1,500 hectares of peatland within the River Ugie catchment, were delighted to see the recent completion of peat bog restoration works on Moss of Kinmundy.
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| 25 Apr 2019
Event: Peatland Restoration: Theory and Practice Event

Location: Breasclete, Isle ofLewis   Dates: 25th & 26th April 2019
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