Date(s) - 30/09/2021
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


The importance of peatlands for biodiversity and ecosystem services is increasingly being recognised throughout the development process, but it is still not uncommon to encounter construction projects on, or near, peatland. This webinar will include:

• a brief introduction to UK peatlands – how to recognise them and why they are important;
• understanding some common terms used to describe peatlands;
• understanding and evaluating peat management plans;
• a brief overview of the ways in which construction projects can affect peatlands; and
• some principles for working in or near peatland to minimise harm or the risk of harm.

This webinar will be hosted by Cameron McIver and Dr. Andrew Couper. Cameron MacIver has been working in, and around, wetlands, peatlands and upland habitats for over twenty years. Around fifteen years ago he started to realise there was a gap between what ecologists write in ecological impact assessments and what actually happens in the real world when projects are constructed. Trying to reduce this gap by making assessment work more realistic and improving awareness and practice on-site are the aspects of his work that he enjoys most.

Cameron is a management committee member of AECoW, he sits on CIEEM’s advisory panel and he is also a chartered member of CIEEM. Dr Andrew Coupar: Uplands & Peatlands Adviser/Manager, NatureScot. A significant part of Andrew’s role is assessing the potential impacts of proposed wind farms and other developments in upland and peatland areas to inform NatureScot’s responses to the various stages of the planning process. He is also involved in peatland restoration through our Peatland Action programme, muirburn and wildfire issues and the possible inscription of the Flow Country as a World Heritage Site.

Registration is free but is required.