Kinder Catchment project

Kinder Catchment project monitoring

Testing the success of conservation land management on severely eroded blanket bog of the Kinder plateau, where gully blocking, stabilisation by heather brash and revegetation techniques will be employed in succession over the project timescale to slow the erosion of peat into the Kinder catchment, stabilise the soils and encourage revegetation by moorland species. Woodland expansion work will consist of clough woodland planting by upland tree species.

Monitoring aims to answer the following broad questions:

  • To what extent does the restoration work on the Kinder plateau effect water tables, run-off, and water quality?
  • Can restoration techniques be shown to have reduced peat / carbon erosion rates?
  • Can revegetation techniques be shown to be successful at covering bare peat with a nurse crop and increasing diversity towards moorland species assemblages?
     

Location: Kinder Scout sub-catchment (west)

Time scale: 2011 - 2015

Monitoring activities:

  1. Measuring changes in water table depths (dipwells).
  2. Biodiversity: monitoring vegetation changes in species diversity and percentage cover, including a Sphagnum surveys.
  3. Measuring peat erosion (peat pins).
  4. Monitoring peat loss within run-off waters: Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC), Particulate Organic Carbon (POC) and turbity.
  5. Measuring water flow; volume and rate of water flowing through an area of the catchment system.

Installing manual dipwells

 

    Funding: United Utilies / National Trust 

    Lead monitoring officer: Rachael.Maskill@peakdistrict.gov.uk

    In collaboration with Professor Martin Evans & Dr Timothy Allott (University of Manchester)

   

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