Come and help us measure peat depth in Upper Weardale
The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership is putting a call out for volunteers to help measure peat depth in Upper Weardale on Saturday 2 March from 11am-4pm.
One of the reasons that our peatlands are important is their ability to lock up carbon from the atmosphere. Data that is collected during this event will contribute to a national project led by the North Pennines AONB Partnership and Natural England that aims to estimate how much carbon is stored in England’s peatlands.
Alistair Lockett, Conservation Assistant with the AONB Partnership, said: “This will be an active day out on the fell above St John’s Chapel in Upper Weardale. We’ll be using GPS units and drainage rods to accurately measure the peat across the bog. The day will be a physical one, especially when depths can reach up to two meters!”
Full hill walking kit is required and the 9.5km (6 mile) walk is graded ‘moderate’. Strong footwear is essential due to uneven ground. Please bring a packed lunch. This event is not suitable for children under the age of 16 and no dogs are allowed. Cake will be provide to all those that turn up!
The event is free but booking is essential – online please click on the link below alternatively contact Alistair Lockett on 01388 528801 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Released: 19 February 2013