Twenty people attended a seminar organised by the science team on 31st January 2014. Members of the science team gave presentations on different aspects of our work.

Rachael Maskill started things off with a presentation about vegetation monitoring.

Tia Crouch gave a presentation on water quality and showed a video of water levels taken during a storm at Fairbrook, Kinder Scout, by two of the team who were caught out on the moors in a thunderstorm.

Debbie Coldwell, who is investigating the cultural and ecosystem services provided by green spaces for her PhD at the University of Sheffield, talked about Dark Peak Nature Improvement Area visitor surveys. Some of the people at the seminar had taken part in the survey by completing the questionnaires and there was a lively question and answer session following Debbie’s presentation.

Jemma Grant gave a presentation on water table monitoring. Between October and December last year, over 700 measurements were taken across the South Pennines once a week for 12 weeks.

Finally, Gareth Roberts gave a talk about the Community Science Project that has set up community monitoring and carried out seasonal and opportunistic surveys for moorland birds and bumblebees.