Survey Group Volunteering at Marsden Moor
Our survey group volunteers meet regularly to survey and monitor the moorland. The research they carry out helps us to identify some of the most important ecological issues affecting Marsden Moor.
Monitoring plants and animals
Where can we find the important plants and animals on the moorland? Are they species of special interest? Are they under-represented in the area? These are the kind of questions our group of survey volunteers try to find the answers to so they can contribute to the Landscape Outdoors and Nature (LON) monitoring schemes for plants, birds, butterflies and bats.
Measuring peat depths
In collaboration with Leeds University and Yorkshire Water, the survey group systematically measures the depth of the peat on White Moss and Birk Moss. Their findings help us to assess how big the peat resource is, since peat bog performs an essential role in reducing flood risk and is an important nature conservation resource.
Collecting data for land management
The group regularly downloads data collected by instruments set up on Dan Clough Moss as part of the Environmental Monitoring Scheme (EMS). The data is then processed by Moors for the Future to give a wide-ranging regional picture. Collecting data in this way is one of the ways to find how the changing climate is affecting the moor and to find out the best way to manage the land for biodiversity.
Monitoring gates, fences and stiles
There is miles of fencing and a huge collection of stiles and gates on Marsden Moor, all of which need to be safe and fit for purpose. Our survey group regularly walk the fence lines to identify where work is needed.
For a more in-depth look at the work of our survey group volunteers, a selection of their written reports are availble to download.