Implementing rigorous monitoring protocols is an essential part of YPP’s objectives. Base-line monitoring of hydrological, vegetation and sediment dynamics is vital in order to inform best practice and to establish the success of restoration works.

YPP is also committed to long-term monitoring; sites will be revisited on an annual basis for the first three years following works with an overall monitoring period of five years. YPP will also endeavour to establish specific monitoring sites for long-term monitoring.

There are two different monitoring protocols being applied;

1. Direct monitoring of restoration works

  • Dam monitoring/evaluation - Evidence of sediment trap failure /breaching /siltation /pooling /revegetation  /location of revegetation in grip/gully and evidence of changes in grip dimensions.

If there is evidence of revegetation at the blocked sites, vegetation communities will be recorded according to the vegetation community categories in the Yorkshire Peat Partnership peat survey specification.

  • Bare peat revegetation monitoring - At selected areas of revegetation works (10m x 10m) the following variables will be recorded: presence/absence of applied brash/bare peat quantification/rills/incipient gullying and extent and type of revegetation.
  • Additional categories - Evidence of erosion, burning, grazing and recreational pressure.

All monitoring is conducted using the same protocol as pre-restoration surveying in order to ensure before and after data compatibility.

2. Monitoring environmental response to restoration

  • Peat depth and accumulation, vegetation type and cover, microtope recording, fixed point photography, vegetation structure, indicator species and Sphagnum identification.
  • Using the above variables as proxies for water movement, carbon and greenhouse gas fluxes.
  • Basic hydrological monitoring e.g. dipwells.
  • Remote monitoring using photography and aerial imagery.
  • Main monitoring aspiration is to secure additional funding to install more robust hydrological monitoring on sites due to the absence of monitoring funding apportioned through HLS.

To view a summary document of our current pre and post restoration monitoring protocol click here.