IUCN logo
 

News & Events

Find out about the latest news and events about peatlands.

Photo Credit: Erik Paterson

Search News & Events

Complete one or more fields

Peatland Mailing List

Sign up to receive updates. To find out how we use and protect your personal data, please read our Privacy Policy.

News & Events

 

| 9 Jan 2019
Event: Study opportunity: Managing peatland natural capital in the Falkland Islands (PhD in Environmental Geography)

Managing peatland natural capital in the Falkland Islands (PhD in Environmental Geography) Lead supervisor: Dr Richard Payne, Department of Environment and Geography, University of York Co-supervisors: Prof. Chris Evans (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology), Dr Ilaria Marengo (South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute), Dr Dmitri Mauquoy (University of Aberdeen).
View

| 19 Dec 2018
News: Now Available Free Online: Conserving Bogs; The Management Handbook

We are currently updating 'Conserving Bogs; The Management Handbook', a handbook of methods and techniques to effectively manage and conserve bogs. We hope to have the revised version online in the first half of 2019.
View

| 19 Dec 2018
News: IUCN UK Peatland Programme Newsletter - December 2018 - Historic Environment & Peatlands Edition

This edition of the newsletter focuses on the historic environment record of peatlands, showcasing some recent projects and studies in the UK, with a diversion across the Channel to the Netherlands. I must admit, the term ‘historic environment’ always strike me as a slightly bland term for the wide array of archaeological, palaeoecological, geographical and historical methodologies that are included under its descriptive umbrella. However, there are few other comparable general terms so it will have to do for now!
View

| 18 Dec 2018
News: The vulnerability of archaeological remains in peatlands

The abundance of organic archaeological artefacts and paleoenvironmental evidence found in waterlogged environments exists largely because the lack of oxygen (caused by waterlogging) severely slows deterioration. For peatlands themselves, the negative consequences of losing this waterlogging through drainage and land use change are well documented. But what happens to the unique historic archive when these changes occur?
View

| 18 Dec 2018
News: Peatlands and the Historic Environment in the South West of Britain

Peat has developed on the moors of South West Britain over millennia - the wet and exposed moors being conducive environments for peat formation. However, it is strongly suspected that human activity in the uplands also contributed to the breakdown of the thin soils that proceeded the peat and contributed to its spread. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries the peat has been heavily damaged by erosion and drainage.
View

| 18 Dec 2018
News: Dartmoor’s peatlands preserve nationally and internationally important archaeological heritage

A range of recent excavation and assessment projects have demonstrated the significance of upland wetlands in Dartmoor’s past, for both extractive industry in the recent past and for social or spiritual activities in prehistory.
View

| 18 Dec 2018
News: Iron Age wetland site in Somerset Levels reveals new insights into late prehistoric life

New excavations in the Somerset Levels demonstrate continued preservation and survival of internationally important archaeological sites in lowland wetlands.
View

| 4 Dec 2018
News: New film ‘The Carbon Farmer’ paints a bright future for UK Peatland conservation, agriculture and climate action.

In their current state the UK’s peatlands are a source of around 20 million tonnes of CO2 (equivalent) per year – this is the same as the yearly emissions from electricity use in two and a half million homes. A new short film premiers possibilities for achieving a brighter carbon future.
View