Environmental Monitoring

Environmental Monitoring

The project currently has five Environmental Monitoring sites set up (Edale, Burbage, Holme, Marsden and The Roaches) and we'll be also adding another three sites over time. The sites are each 1 hectare in size (100 m x 100 m) and are used to measure things like rainfall, peat depth, water table, humidity, temperature, and vegetation.

This short film made by one of our volunteers shows how you can get involved in monitoring an area of moorland, and even includes a short cameo from a mountain hare:

You can see volunteers laying out quadrats (randomly placed squares used as a 'sample' of the moorland), installing equipment like peat anchors (for measuring peat depth), dipwells (for measuring water table) and a rain gauge (for measuring rainfall) amongst other things. Data from this kit will be downloaded monthly and used to see how the moorland is responding to climate change in the long term. You can find out more about the kit we use on the Tempcon website.

The film also shows the initial survey of the plants on the site - our volunteers answer questions like: Which species of plants are present? How tall are they? What condition are they in? Are there any signs of wildlife? This information will be collected every year to see if there is a trend or pattern of changes.

By collecting this kind of information over the long term we can start to get a really good understanding of what is happening on the moor: Is it changing, and if so, how?

This monitoring is ideally suited to groups or individuals who are local to our sites and who would like to collect data over the long term. If you're interested in getting involved then please contact us: moorcitizens@peakdistrict.gov.uk or browse our volunteering opportunities.

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