MoorLIFE 2020 Communications

Welcome to the virtual Bogtastic experience

The Bogtastic Van

Our Bogtastic initiative is a programme of activities and communication to explain the importance of blanket bogs and inspire people to value them. Public support for our precious landscapes is vital to protecting blanket bogs for future generations. We want everyone to be inspired, from policymakers to the public, to ensure that blanket bogs are protected for generations to come, for the benefit of us all.

Central to our programme is our state-of-the-art Bogtastic van which brings our message to villages, towns and cities surrounding the Peak District and South Pennine moors.

But with the van, like everyone else, currently isolating, we wanted to bring a taste of the Bogtastic experience to you.

Bogtastic Webcasts

Meet members of our lovely team as they talk about their memories of the moors, and their work

The Bogtastic Webcast: Life on the moors

Conservation quality manager, Chris Fry, talks about his role making sure our work is of the highest quality.

The Bogtastic Webcast: Moorland Plants

Conservation Works Officer, Chris Pembroke, talks about a selection of his favourite moorland plants - and the best time to see them in all their glory!

The Bogtastic Webcast: The Science of Growing Sphagnum Moss

Tia Crouch, senior research and monitoring officer, explains how she tested different ways of reintroducing sphangum moss to the Peak District and South Pennine moors. The experiment used different forms of sphagnum and looked into how well each form grew.

The Bogtastic Webcast: Bare Peat Restoration

Senior Conservation Works Officer, Phil Straton, delves into the techniques behind the first steps of restoring the moors.

The Bogtastic Webcast: The Blanket Bog Food Webs and Species Adaptations

Youth Engagement Officer, Jackie Wragg looks at food webs in the blanket bog habitat, and how some species have some special adaptations to thrive there.

Blanket bog foodwebs and species adaptations handout

When you've finished watching one or both of our mini-lessons on blanket bogs and if you're aged between 10 and 18 - please will you complete this anonymous survey to help you share what you’ve learned and help us find out about how our work can successfully engage young people like you?

Visit https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/thenaturalworldandme2/ to do the 10 minute survey, you don’t need to register, just fill it in.

The Bogtastic Webcast: The Blanket Bog Ecosystem

Youth Engagement Officer, Jackie Wragg looks at the characteristics of the blanket bog habitat and using these to understand how ecosystems function.

Blanket bog ecosystems handout

When you've finished watching one or both of our mini-lessons on blanket bogs and if you're aged between 10 and 18 - please will you complete this anonymous survey to help you share what you’ve learned and help us find out about how our work can successfully engage young people like you?

Visit https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/thenaturalworldandme2/ to do the 10 minute survey, you don’t need to register, just fill it in.

The Bogtastic Webcast: Science on Kinder

Research and monitoring officer, Tom Spencer explains how we evidence the effectiveness of our work on Kinder, and how his work is both testing and exhilarating!

The Bogtastic Webcast: Restoring the Moors

Senior conservation works officer, Katy Thorpe explains the processes and intricacies of our conservation work.

The Bogtastic Webcast: Moorland Wildlife

The first in a series of Bogtastic Webcasts, Mollie Hunt, a member of the science and conservation team, discusses the plant, animal and insect species she sees when working out on the moors.

Welcome aboard! Watch the Bogtastic film

When you enter the van, you’re welcomed by this beautiful and inspiring film.

Lizzy Lizard App

Play the Lizzy Lizard game

Download the app for a game that helps Moors for the Future Partnership repair the home of moorland characters after a devastating wild fire

View the demonstrations

At the Bogtastic van, we have some great models that demonstrate the importance of blanket bogs!

Things to do at home

There is normally a treasure hunt as part of the Bogtastic experience. The challenge is to find all the moorland animals hidden in the area.

Here are some ideas:

  • Dress up as a moorland animal. Can you make a fancy dress costume to look like one of these animals? Hint - search the internet for more pictures of these animals.
  • Make your own fact-file - research research one, or more, of these fascinating creatures. Make a fact file about the animal. You could draw the animal and explain things about it like friends, enemies, favourite place, favourite food, holiday plans... get creative!
  • Download the treasure hunt pictures along with some questions to get you thinking
  • Research some other moorland birds, mammals and insects - golden plover, merlin, dunlin, bilberry bumblebee, black darter, water vole, hen harrier...
  • You could even print out and cut up the sheet, and make your own Bogtastic treasure hunt around the house or garden.

Moorland animals

Explore our website:

https://www.moorsforthefuture.org.uk/get-involved/teachers-and-educators

https://www.moorsforthefuture.org.uk/enjoy-the-moors/what-to-see-moorland-species

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