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Mel Marchbank

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Monitoring high altitude peat restoration

We re-visited our bare peat restoration trial at the end of September, and were really surprised to see how well the vegetation is now colonising.  Lots of germinated grass, along with a high cover of small mosses. For the first time, we have chosen to leave our large Gerlach Troughs out over winter to see if we catch more sediment – we gathered them in last autumn under the assumption…
October 3, 2016
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Riverside regeneration of Scot’s pine

Happened to pass through the low ground of Mar Lodge Estate recently, for the first time in a good while, and was interested to see the spatial distribution of the Scot’s pine (Pinus sylvestris) regeneration present.  Some areas looking really dynamic and benefiting from a reduced density of Red deer (Cervus elaphus), whereas many parts still appear more or less devoid of new trees – and so, in my mind…
September 26, 2016
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Bog restoration trial emerges from the snowpack!

We visited SNH’s bare peat restoration experimental site this month, which we are running on their behalf.  Amazing to see how well the site has survived the winter this year, with so little damage given how much snow is known to fall and drift into it.  The following sequence of images show the site in dry weather in autumn, then with light snow cover, peak snow cover, melting snow and…
June 27, 2016