The study will target several sites in close proximity within the former extent of Chat Moss. In order to gauge the biodiversity benefits of re-wetting post-industrial lowland raised bogs this study will aim to investigate relationships between invertebrate communities and the existing vegetation and hydrological dynamic. These relationships will then be compared to the management works currently underway to determine the impacts on invertebrate diversity. The project will not only hope to inform of the effectiveness of current management techniques in the UK but will also describe some of the changes in existing communities within habitats created by lowland bog manipulation.
The study will answer several sub-questions:
- How might management directed towards a succession to Sphagnum dominated lowland raised bog be achieved?
- What botanical communities would we expect to within a temporal succession post re-wetting?
- How might the diversity of chosen botanical groups compare between recently restored areas and known communities on pristine Lowland Raised Bog habitats?
- How do the current vegetational trends equate with vegetation within the longer climatic history of the peatlands