Ashop activity

One of the other Rangers asked me if I knew what all the stream logging equipment was in Ashop Clough, alongside the Snake Path, and a little googling revealed the answer.

Nottingham Trent University School of Land-based Studies / School of Property & Construction Postgraduate studentships for MPhil/PhD: Geohazards Research Group

Studentship 1: Effects of blanket peat moorland management strategies upon erosion and suspended sediment transport This project relates to changes in blanket peat moorland management to be implemented by the National Trust in the Peak District, and will run alongside an existing project on discolouration of surface waters. Six sub-catchments of the River Ashop are already instrumented with logging stage recorders and automatic water samplers, together with rainfall, water table and ecological monitoring. Changes to burning and grazing regimes are planned, together with gully blockages to encourage revegetation. It is envisaged that this new studentship will concentrate upon aspects of gully slope stability and the production and transport of sediments derived from the blanket peat, and will involve monitoring and modelling of responses prior to and after changes in moorland management strategies. Nottingham Trent University has a considerable record of research in this area.

Re: Ashop activity

Not directly related to this, but I can only assume that the activity I saw on Bleaklow yesterday was motivated by erosion control. There was a helicopter flying around scattering small particles of what looked like some kind of calcium. I was slightly concerned at being scattered upon myself as they looked like they might sting. What is this about? What are they for? Marcus.

Re: Ashop activity

This was part of the "Moors for the future" project, which is trying to regenerate the degraded peat areas on Bleaklow. The helicopter was spreading limestone to lower the acidity of the peat, so that a nurse crop of grass would have a chance to grow. In turn the grass stabilises the mobile bare peat surface so that the natural vegitation can recover. Once the natural vegitation becomes established, the lime and fertiliser inputs are removed the grass dies off. See for more details.