CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT: ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION AND HABITAT CREATION SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP
Dr Phil Putwain is a founder committee member of the new ERHC Special Interest Group (SIG) which is a forum for exchange of ideas and practice, supporting events, CPD and policy engagement. The focus is on restoration of degraded ecosystems, rehabilitation, reclamation, habitat creation and habitat/species translocation. The aim is to develop and promote the creative skills and knowledge of ecologists in design, implementation and monitoring with an emphasis on re-establishing ecosystem function applied to mitigation and compensation, re-establishing ecological networks, reconnecting people and nature (health, wellbeing and education) and urban and post-industrial regeneration.
|Deb Land leading the event|
Phil has just organised the first field site visit for ERHC jointly with the NW Section committee. This visit to Bolton Fell Moss SSSI will involve seeing ‘first hand’ the degraded state of a significant proportion of this cut over, former raised peat bog, after many years of commercial peat extraction. Owing to piecemeal peat cutting, drainage and agricultural reclamation, much of the periphery of the mosses, particularly on Bolton Fell Moss, comprises a mixture of modified, degraded and remnant lagg vegetation (where waters from surrounding mineral ground mix with rain-derived run-off from the bog). Where present, lagg communities include wet woodland dominated by downy birch Betula pubescens and purple moor-grass, and acidic marshy grassland.
The Cumbria BogLIFE project is undertaking largescale restoration works, using specialist contractors and innovative techniques. The focus of the site visit will be discussion of the restoration challenges, the restoration and habitat creation techniques, ongoing management and the strategic development of the restoration process.