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Food Academy Conference Space

Restoration of lowland peatland for Ecosystem Services

Conference on the Restoration of Lowland Peatland for Ecosystem Services with site visit to Meres and Mosses at Whixall

Restoration of lowland peatland for Ecosystem Services
Restoration of lowland peatland for Ecosystem Services

Time & Location

14 Sept 2023, 09:00 – 17:30

Food Academy Conference Space, Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB, UK

About the event

This hybrid conference follows on from the successful Meres and Mosses end of LIFE project conference, The Restoration of lowland peatland for biodiversity and carbon, which was hosted by Harper Adams University last year on behalf of Shropshire Wildlife Trust. It will explore cutting edge research and innovation in the area of peatland restoration and provide opportunities for networking and discussion. We are delighted to be able to offer a site visit to the award-winning restoration project at the Meres and Mosses, Whixall.

Key note speaker

Lord Deben, former Chairman of the Climate Change Committee.

9:30                Maximising peatland carbon sequestration with phenolic supplements.

Dr Christian Dunn, Bangor University.

10:00              Accelerated carbon storage in agricultural peatlands.

Dr Jeewani Hemamali, Bangor University.

10:30               Present and future - understanding the carbon and greenhouse gas budgets of England's largest raised bogs.

Professor Fred Worral, Durham University.

11-11:15 Coffee

11:20               The Marches Mosses – A case study in nature recovery and next steps.

Robert Duff and Pete Bowyer, Natural England, Meres and Mosses.

11:50               Paludiculture and the GHG balance.

Dr Simon Jeffery, Harper Adams University.

12:20               Alternative wetland cultures: temperate and tropical peatlands where paludiculture is not the solution.

Dr Lydia Cole, St Andrews University.

12:50               Nature restoration gains, an alternative approach to natural capital markets.

Richard Maryniak (Aqualate Catchment Group) & Patrick Vandesteens (REESETS).

13:20              Paludiculture for soil health and historic artifacts on farmland. Where is the research?

Dr Magdalena Kaczorowska-Dolowy and Dr Nicola Randall, Harper Adams University.

Lunch 14:00

Site visit

14:30 – 17:30 Meres and Mosses SSSI, Whixall NE.

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