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The IUCN UK Peatland Programme advocates the multiple benefits of peatlands through partnerships, strong science, sound policy and effective practice.

Desmids of peatlands © Emma Goodyer

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2019 Conference - Ticket Sales Now Open

October 1, 2019
IUCN UK Peatland Programme Conference 2019 - Peatlands: Investing in the Future 1st - 3rd October 2019, Belfast The conference is a forum for peatland conservation and restoration knowledge exchange - presenting an opportunity for policy makers, scientists, land managers, practitioners, businesses and communicators to connect and share their knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm for peatlands.

A tribute to Richard Payne

July 4, 2019
The IUCN UK Peatlands Programme team were all saddened to hear the shocking news about the death of Dr Richard Payne and our thoughts are with his family. He was killed while climbing in the remote Nanda Devi region of the Himalayas. Richard was a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Geography at the University of York and was well known to many in the peatland community for his enthusiastic approach and leading edge work. We were fortunate to have Richard’s involvement in our Commission of Inquiry on peatlands and hope this will stand as one of the many lasting legacies from Richard’s passionate contribution to peatland science. We invited Dr Roxane Andersen to give a personal tribute...

Sphagnum is a key ingredient of natural flood management

July 1, 2019
In 2008 iCASP published research that showed how water running over Sphagnum on blanket peatlands moved much more slowly (often ten times slower) than water running through sedges or bare peat. This spawned a new body of research which has shown how revegetation of peat, particularly if we can get a dense Sphagnum cover, can slow the flow of water during storm events to reduce the flood peak downstream.

Peat restoration and natural flood management

July 1, 2019
The Upland Environments Research Unit at the University of Manchester has been working closely with Moors for the Future Partnership over the last decade to produce an empirically grounded evidence base to demonstrate the multiple benefits of blanket peat restoration.

New edition of Conserving Bogs: The Management Handbook

May 31, 2019
A new edition of Conserving Bogs: The Management Handbook is now available. Conserving Bogs: The Management Handbook is a practical manual: a cookbook of methods and techniques to help people effectively manage and conserve bogs. This new edition has been updated to reflect advances and evolution in both understanding and techniques.

Managing the Uplands for Public Benefit House of Commons Reception

May 7, 2019
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.

Peatland biodiversity - butterflies & moths

May 5, 2019
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

Belfast Skyline (c) Visit Belfast
2019 Conference - Ticket Sales Now OpenIUCN UK Peatland Programme Conference 2019 - Peatlands: Investing in the Future 1st - 3rd October…
Richard Payne
A tribute to Richard Payne The IUCN UK Peatlands Programme team were all saddened to hear the shocking news about the death of…
Image of sphagnum in pool © Joe Holden
Sphagnum is a key ingredient of natural flood managementIn 2008 iCASP published research that showed how water running over Sphagnum on blanket peatlands…
Image of V-notch in ply-sheet dam © Emma Shuttleworth
Peat restoration and natural flood managementThe Upland Environments Research Unit at the University of Manchester has been working closely with…
Image of bog vegetation © Dom Hinchley
New edition of Conserving Bogs: The Management HandbookA new edition of Conserving Bogs: The Management Handbook is now available. Conserving Bogs: The…
Rob Stoneman at the House of Commons flanked by Rob Brown and Julian Sturdy
Managing the Uplands for Public Benefit House of Commons ReceptionOver 48 representatives from across the peatland community in the UK as well as MPs and Peers…
Large heath butterfly
Peatland biodiversity - butterflies & mothsAt Butterfly Conservation we understand the great value of healthy functioning peatlands for…
Cover of GHG emissions inventory
Inclusion of peatlands in the UK's GHG emissions inventory publishedThe long-awaited report on inclusion of peatlands in the UK’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions…
Marsden Moor fire © BBC News
Record breaking Spring temperatures exacerbate wildfire outbreaks across the UKThe summer heatwave of 2018 was accompanied by wildfires across the UK with a major incident…
Staff from RSPB, Scottish Water and the contractor, McGowan Ltd, discuss the successful works at Moss of Kinmundy
Ugie Peatland Partnership welcomes restoration of local bogBog restoration works are expected to benefit local water quality and nature, as well as contribute…
Delgates at the policy and practice workshop
New initiative to combine data across studies and sites to better inform peatland policy and practice Researchers, practitioners and policy-makers from across Europe, whose goal is to understand better…