The project has also been asked by Ofwat to undertake research and monitoring on the hydrological and ecological effects of rewetting peatland.
An extensive program of hydrological and greenhouse gas (GHG) monitoring and research has been developed in partnership with Bristol and Exeter Universities and the Environment Agency.
Take a look in the Document library section to view many of the reports outlined below.
The foundation of the hydrological research has been laided out by the Exmoor Mires Project Hydrological and Hydrogeological monitoring plan written by the project partners in the Environment Agency (Arnott, 2010).
This new research programme builds on the ecological and hydrological monitoring work begun in 1998 by the MIRE pilot project. The studies have focused on monitoring for changes in the hydrology and ecology of the sites resulting from the re-wetting work.
The University of Exeter is carrying out extensive monitoring work, examining hydrological functioning (i.e. water table depth, flow and seepage), water quality (i.e. colour, dissolved and particulate organic carbon), gaseous fluxes, vegetation composition and structure, before and after ditch blocking. The work is taking place on two sites (Aclands and Spooners) representative of upland peatland on Exmoor. On each site, three different drains and the exit point of the catchment are closely monitored. This will provide the first detailed evidence base quantifying the value of peatland restoration in terms of water quantity, quality and carbon sequestration.
Exmoor Mires project Historic Environment research and surveys
The project is actively engaged in conducting research which will further the understanding of Upland Mires Historic Environment on Exmoor.
It is currently investigating the drainage systems around Pinkworthy , peat- cutting history on Exmoor and geo-physical surveys of flint scatter fields on Deer Park.
In the past it has commissioned a palaeo-ecological study of the peat at Long Holcombe and Comerslade and a series of archaeological walk-over surveys in advance of the restoration works at all sites. These reports are available in the Historic Environment.