Wet Moss Update

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Flanders Moss NNR

A few local people recently have been asking me if Flanders is recovering from the dry summer yet and I like this because it shows people are interested in the Moss and are thinking of the long term implications of these extreme weather events.

Well yesterday I collected the data for our hydrological monitoring and after a day of splashing across the moss I have a better idea of what state the moss is.

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One of the water table monitoring devices on Flanders.

It is important for the water table to be at the surface of the moss but this can be deceptive as if the water table in the peat sponge below the surface isn’t full up then water level drops again after rain.

It appears that after the last reading  of the hydrological monitoring equipment there water table has been fluctuating quite a bit. But the recent rains seemed to have filled up the bog a bit some and the water table is stabilizing near to the surface. The restoration work that slows down the flow of water off the bog is also helping with some areas wetter now than they used to be.

A normal winters rains should be enough to get the bog fully back to normal which is only good news for the bog vegetation.

This is one of the purposes for carrying out all of the wetting up work as it makes the bogs more resilient to extreme weather events and so Flanders should be better able to cope with the climate change that is happening.

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Restoration works bringing the water table up to the surface.

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