#PeatConf20: Day 2

Image courtesy of Welsh Peatland Sustainable Management Scheme (SMS) Project

#PeatConf20: Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 - Science: informing strategy & action including Keynote address & Q&A session: 

#PeatConf20 Day 2

  • Welcome to Day 2 of the conference

Emma Goodyer, IUCN UK Peatland Programme

  • Keynote address

Andrew Millar, Scottish Government

  • Standardising the collection of peatland monitoring data to enable more evidence-based policy and practice.

Mark Reed, Scotland's Rural College & IUCN UK Peatland Programme



Peatland conservation goals and monitoring in the UK, including Q&A session: #PeatConf20 peatland conservation goals

  • Conserving biodiversity: UK approach to assessing conservation status or rare, threatened or endemic habitats, animals & plants.

Stephen Grady, Joint Nature Conservation Committee

  • Peatland habitats & plants : Annex 1 inventory on the ground

Iain Diack, Natural England

  • Monitoring species level indicators: birds

Simon Wotton, RSPB

  • Bugs on Bogs; Integrating species and habitats data for nature conservation

Craig Macadam, Buglife

  • Inside the black box - Towards a microbial process-based understanding of the resilience of UK peatland systems.

Martin Evans, University of Manchester

  • Carbon and Nature, Trees and Peat: the RSPB mapping project

Olly Watts, RSPB


Integrating remote sensing & ground surveys to assess peatland condition, including Q&A session: #PeatConf20 Integrating remote sensing

  • Monitoring peatland restoration: using data at different scales to track changes in peatland condition

Becky Trippier & Paul Robinson, Joint Nature Conservation Committee

  • Rapid Satellite Method

Jenny Williamson & Alan Radbourne (UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, UKCEH) and Rachel Harvey, Welsh Peatlands SMS  

  • Mapping peatland extent and condition, aiding restoration planning, and monitoring effects into the future: a suite of remote sensing tools applied to Dartmoor

Naomi Gatis & David Luscombe, University of Exeter

  • Practical application of InSAR techniques to peatland management, carbon accounting and loss prevention

David Large, University of Nottingham in collaboration with Andrew Bradley, University of Nottingham; Roxane Andersen & Chris Marshall, University of the Highlands and Islands and Andrew Sowter, Terra Motion Ltd.


Long-term monitoring initiative: Eyes on the Bog & the Peat Data Hub, including Q&A session: 

#PeatConf20 Eyes on the Bog

  • Long-term condition monitoring initiative: Eyes on Bog

Jack Clough, University of East London & Eyes on the Bog Champion


  • The Peat Data Hub: a data repository for Eyes on the Bog data and more!

Gabriela Lopez Gonzalez, University of Leeds




Research Coordination: Why and how should we better coordinate peatland research? #PeatCon20 Research Coordination

Peatlands have taken centre stage as a nature-based solution in our climate emergency and biodiversity crisis. As a result, there is increasing demand for reliable and robust peatland science to inform evidence-based policy, strategy, and practice. This spans multiple peatland management outcomes and consequently the range of scientific disciplines. More than ever, there is a need for better coordination of research resources to build the required evidence base more efficiently and effectively.

In this session we will provide an overview and understanding of research coordination efforts, or lack of, across the British Isles. Using these as food for thought we will then have an interactive session to address two questions:


1)  What are the priority outcomes (or benefits) that better coordination of peatland research could deliver? (the why?)

2)  What are the priority actions we can take for the better coordination of peatland research to realise these benefits? (the how?)


Presenters in this session include:

  • Jonathan Walker, Swansea University - Wales
  • Cindy Froyd, Swansea University - Wales
  • Roxane Andersen, University of the Highlands and Islands - Scotland
  • Richard Lindsay, University of East London & IUCN UK Peatland Programme - England
  • Florence Renou-Wilson, University College Dublin - Ireland