International Peat Society Convention
Over 150 people from 20 countries across the world came together in Scotland at the recent International Peat Society Convention in Aberdeen. As part of this, they visited two sites on the National Forest Estate to look at forestry issues around managing deep peat in woodlands.
At Gow Moss in Moray, participants looked at a recently-felled lowland raised bog site and discussed why the decision has been taken to restore the site.
At Elchies in Speyside, the focus was on a more complex site where there is a matrix of deep peat and shallower soils with potential for open habitat restoration, peat edge woodland and commercial restocking.
Julia Garritt, Land Use Practice Advisor for Forestry Commission Scotland said: “This was a great chance for us to showcase to an international audience the work being done on the National Forest Estate to make sure our peatlands are managed in the most responsible way possible. We were able to explain and demonstrate the principles of our guidance on managing afforested deep peat, and hear questions and comments from land managers from countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia, China, Japan, NZ, Canada and the USA. Working with people from other countries is always informative, and we were able to see what principles are shared in how to manage deep peat in woodlands."