Peatland and Wetland Survey and Management

We offer a range of other services for our increasingly rare peat and wetland habitats, both are important carbon sinks and the home to a diverse and unique range of important wildlife. Restoring these habitats is important for our planet’s future.

Peatland

Peatlands are complex habitats, formed over millennia, they cover 3% of the world’s land mass whilst holding twice the amount of carbon of all the world’s forests.

It takes so long to form peat we cannot recreate it, but we can preserve and retain the peat bogs and moors we still have.

We are a framework contractor on the Natural Resources Wales (N.R.W.) Peatland Restoration frameworks and researching peatland restoration techniques through the Peat Fix Programme. Our work enables the natural function and process of the peatland to re-establish.

The UK has 13% of the world’s blanket bog which helps with management of our drinking water as well as forming an essential part of the UK’s flood management.

We can deliver the following consultative actions for peatland:

  • Peatland Management Planning
  • Map peatland profiles and interpolation
  • Natural erosion methods and soft engineering to re-wet bogs and stop erosion
  • Map carbon pathways

We can deliver the following practical actions for peatland:

  • Remove scrub and plantation forestry which would otherwise dry up the bog
  • Manage vegetation on the edge of peatland
  • Undertake peat core sampling
  • Perform peat depth sampling
  • Revegetate degraded peat
  • Create seasonal scrapes and areas of ephemeral habitat
  • Control invasive species
Peat bog sampling

Wetlands

We have lost over 90% of our wetland habitat in the UK, these important ecosystems act as a home to a huge array of wildlife whilst also acting as massive water filtration systems. 

These dynamic landscapes are an intricate ecosystem which offer homes to a huge diversity of wildlife, but they are under threat.

Pressures from climate change, development, land reclamation, pollution and more are having their effect; 35% if our wetlands have gone since 1970, and 25% of wetland species face extinction. In the last 300 year 87% of the world’s wetlands have been lost, and as these important habitats are a carbon store as well as home to wildlife it is crucial we preserve and restore as many as possible.

We can deliver the following actions for wetlands

  • Restore and create ponds and bog pools
  • Create seasonal scrapes and areas of ephemeral habitat
  • Re-profile runnels to create conditions for invertebrate species
  • Restore area of rank marshy grassland
  • Create new areas of open standing water for fen and bog restoration
  • Enable natural succession to ultimately restore bog, fen and wetland
  • Re-profile runnels and streams
  • Develop fire management plans
  • Develop ecological and grazing management plans
  • Control invasive species