WaterLANDS Artists catch up to collaborate

Picture caption: Artists visit a meadow Our UK Artists in residence for WaterLANDS,  Laura Harrington and Feral Practice, who are working with us at the Great North Bog Action Site, enjoyed three fascinating days in Greifswald and Berlin, in Germany, on a knowledge exchange trip. They were selected for a part-time placement as part of the EU project, … Read more

Deliberative Workshop in Northumberland

A successful two-day event was held at Moss Peteral, a working farm in Northumberland, in May to discuss what is important to land managers in the landscapes they manage and possibilities for peatland restoration. They were hosted by Northumberland Peat Partnership, supported by members of the WaterLANDSUK team – Professor Julia Martin-Ortega, academic lead and … Read more

A network of digital sensors would be an ‘absolute dream’ for emergency planners during a flood incident – Mick Devine and Amy Boyd at Wakefield Council explain why.

Pictured: Flooding incident at Barnsdale Road Around 6,600 homes in the Wakefield district are permanently at risk of flooding from sudden storms. It’s actually surface water flooding that poses a bigger threat to the area than rising river levels as parts of the district’s drainage system could easily be overwhelmed by heavy rain. This is … Read more

Tenderbog – caring for our peatlands

Pictured: – Visit to Fleet Moss, photo by Laura Harrington Laura Harrington and Feral Practice (Fiona MacDonald), the UK Artists in Residence for WaterLANDS, have been busy during their first year exploring the Great North Bog – the UK Action Site which is a network of peatlands in Northern England – and getting to know … Read more

How art and science can progress urgent peatland conversations – reflections by WaterLANDSUK engagement lead Josh Cohen

Pictured: Listening event – photo by Laura Harrington Last weekend (Saturday 17 February) Laura Harrington took part in a peat coring and ‘listening walk’ event with Durham Wildlife Trust, site lead Rebecca Clarke, sound artist Tim Shaw, Dr Antony Blundell from University of Leeds and Josh Cohen at St Cuthbert’s Moor Nature Reserve in Durham. … Read more

Help us to address gaps in wetlands research

We are looking for wetland experts who can help us to address research gaps identified as part of WaterLANDS – an EU Horizon 2020 project aiming to restore wetland sites across Europe. To assess drivers of change in wetland functioning we conducted an extensive literature synthesis that investigated the physical and chemical drivers impacting wetland … Read more

Digital sensor workshops to discuss plans for early warning of flooding

Pictured: Paul Maddison, flood manager of Wakefield Council, presents at the workshop Plans to develop a network of digital sensors to give early warning of surface water flooding which is a real issue for West Yorkshire was the topic of a workshop held at University of Leeds. People who have had their homes flooded, flood wardens … Read more

WaterLANDS UK team visit Northumberland nature reserve

Pictured: Prof Julia Martin-Ortego (left) with team visiting Whitelee Moor A team from University of Leeds, who are working on the ambitious WaterLANDS European wetlands restoration programme hosted a workshop with Northumberland Peat Partnership as part of WaterLANDS support for the Great North Bog. The morning was spent visiting Whitelee Moor – one of Britain’s most important upland nature … Read more

A week in a life of an international peatland restoration volunteer 

Picture caption: Holyhead port at 1am. Photo credit: Joshua Cohen Day 1, Sunday 3 September As part of the WaterLANDS EU wetland restoration programme, iCASP’s UK Action Site at the Great North Bog has been twinned with the Abbeyleix Bog Knowledge Site in Ireland. During our volunteer week, I visited  Abbeyleix with Action Site Co-ordinator Dr Richard Grayson … Read more