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Hidden landscapes, Dynamic habitats & Sphagnum?

March 20, 2018

Further to the previous blog post inviting people to the public presentations at our Annual Meeting on Friday 6 April, the Executive are pleased to provide the details of a third speaker.

ANNUAL MEETING

on Friday 6 April 2018
Moorends Miners Welfare & Community Development Centre, West Road, DN8 4LH

Doors open to the public lectures at 11.00

Lucy Ryan (University of York) “Dynamic habitat selection of the European Nightjar from a Thorne & Hatfield Moors perspective, latest updates”

Kieran Sheehan “The hunt for elusive Sphagnum species on Thorne Moors continues; an update”

Nika Shilobod (University of Plymouth)Rediscovering the ‘Wildscape’: Reconstructing Hidden Landscapes through a Case Study in the Humberhead Levels”.

Light buffet lunch

Please make use of the lunch time to network and to pick up publication bargains. The Centre has been booked until 3pm so people will be able to network amongst themselves.

There is no charge for the talks but a donation in lieu for refreshments and light buffet lunch will be used towards the purchase of more research equipment (particularly the tags needed to track the nightjar activity).

To help with the administrative aspects of the day please book a place for the public lectures and lunch by contacting execsec@thmcf.org or write to T&HMCF, P O Box 879, Thorne, Doncaster, DN8 5WU

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Annual Meeting 2018 : An invitation

March 13, 2018

The Executive are pleased to announce that following the formal proceedings of our Annual Meeting on Friday 6 April 2018 members of the public are invited to two talks.

Come and learn about the enigmatic nightjars of the Humberhead Levels and discover how many of the 34 species Sphagnum found in the UK can be found on Thorne Moors.

Doors open to the public lectures at 11.00 for interested visitors.

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Lucy Ryan (University of York) “Dynamic habitat selection of the European Nightjar from a Thorne & Hatfield Moors perspective, latest updates”  and

Kieran Sheehan “The hunt for elusive Sphagnum species on Thorne Moors continues; an update” 

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The event is being held at Moorends Miners Welfare and Community Development Centre, West Road, Moorends, Thorne, DN8 4LH.

Visitors are encouraged to make use of the lunch time to network and to pick up publication bargains. The Centre has been booked until 3pm so people will be able to network amongst themselves.

 To help with the administrative aspects of the day booking is essential so please contact execsec@thmcf.org or write to T&HMCF, P O Box 879, Thorne, Doncaster, DN8 5WU

There is no charge for the talks but a donation in lieu for refreshments and light buffet lunch will be used towards the purchase of more research equipment (particularly the tags needed to track the nightjar activity).

Images: H R Kirk

Thorne Moors Sphagnum Survey 2017

November 28, 2017

The British sphagnum list stands at some 34 species.  Thorne Moors SSSI has half that number (Wall 2014) and in 2016 a survey was undertaken to try to relocate a number of species not recorded in recent years.  A report on the findings by Sheehan et. al. can be found in Volume 10 of the Thorne & Hatfield Moors Papers.

Follow up fieldwork is scheduled for Friday 8 December, anyone interested in taking part should contact execsec@thmcf.org for more details.

If last years fieldwork is anything to go by then this season promises to provide some interesting data.  In 2016 a three hour search yielded some 13 species, this year it is hoped that there will be more time spent in the field in addition to more surveyors working the selected area around the Southern Canals.

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  Sphagnum squarrosum aka “Spiky Bog-moss”, Thorne Moors.  Image: Helen R Kirk

Mosses and Liverworts of Britain and Ireland: a field guide is recommended reading.  Anyone interested in bryophytes or mosses is encouraged to look at the British Bryological Society‘s excellent online resource of species accounts.

Another excellent resource is that developed and prepared by Paul Ardron, Ian Rotherham & Chris Percy which can be accessed via UKeconet Identification Guide: Spaganum Mosses

For more information on the species to be found on Thorne Moors see particularly Thorne Moors A Botanical Survey.  Available locally from the Thorne Times office or by post (contact execsec@thmcf.org for more details).

LIFE+ after Peat?

October 18, 2014

The LIFE+ Project for Thorne & Hatfield Moors was officially launched yesteday.

Natural England have secured some £2.3m of European funding which will build on the works currently being implemented by the Doncaster East IDB through the Thorne Moors Water Level Management Plan. This funding will see some eleven jobs created for Natural England, some scrub clearance on both Thorne and Hatfield Moors and some scientific survey and monitoring over the three year period of the project.

The presentations took place at Hatfields (Doncaster) and after lunch delegates toured a few select spots on the southern fringe of Thorne Moors.

Linda McAvan MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber and The Rt Hon Caroline Flint MP both reflected on the timeline from peat extraction through to LIFE+.  Delegates learned that Ms Flint is the MP who most mentions ‘peat bogs’ in the House, we say long may that continue!  McAvan spent the afternoon out on the southern boundary drain getting to grips (for those with a knowledge of peat restoration: no pun intended) with the complexities of peat hydrology.

Linda McAvan with some of the delegates from the LIFE+ Project site visit to Thorne Moors SSSI.

Linda McAvan with some of the delegates from the LIFE+ Project site visit to Thorne Moors SSSI.

Prof. David Hill, Deputy Chair of Natural England * also attended the launch event and visit.  Both Prof. Hill and David Shaw, a Senior Manager in NE, spoke of the importance of partnership working.  Prof Hill is an advocate for biodiversity offsetting and a founder of the Environment Bank.

NNR staff explaining the intricacies of sphagnum identification.

NNR staff explaining the intricacies of sphagnum identification.

 

* Natural England’s website has now be incorporated into GOV.UK


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