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It’s said that when elk walked on the Slamannan plateau peatland they could stroll all the way to Denmark.  The elk may now have gone, though you’re likely to spot a relatively new species on the Central Belt’s bogs today – the practical conservation volunteer.

One of Flanders Moss's 'leaky dams'

Much of the EcoCoLIFE project's remit is innovation, and some of the bog and peatland management work is now reaching fruition.

EcoCoLIFE is looking to hire a creative people to create a site-specific theatrical production in unusual and unexpected places! We want to produce an eco-theatrical experience anywhere there are people - such as car-parks, shopping centres and work places – and make them go 'wow!

The recent purchase of the EcoCo Softrak is now operational following the training of eight of the project partners earlier in December. It has been purchased to satisfy the demand by the project partners to manage unwanted vegetative growth on sensitive nature conservation sites.

Over eighty participants attended the recent Sharing Good Practice event co-organised by the EcoCo project and SNH SGP teams. The event explored options for improved ecological coherence and landscape scale approaches to habitat management and hosted keynote speakers Brian McDonald from Natural England, Jonathan Porter from ialeUK and Paul Sizeland from EcoCo.

Digger at the bog

EcoCo LIFE+ partner organisations The East Ayrshire Coalfield Environment Initiative (CEI) and RSPB have completed the final phase of bog enhancement works at Airds Moss, near Muirkirk.

wind farms on a peatbog

Peatland restoration is underway at Blawhorn National Nature Reserve, as part of the EcoCo LIFE project. Scottish Natural Heritage is carrying out extensive restoration on this important peatland site, addressing historical drainage impacts to improve the condition of the habitats. New, innovative techniques are being used to restore the site using specialised contractors.

workshop in Brussels

EcoCo LIFE was invited to attend a workshop in Brussels on the mapping and assessment of ecosystem services.

people on a peat bog

EcoCoLife project partners played host to a recent EC mission on the 7-8 October. The mission comprising; Laszlo Becsy, Lynne Barratt,  and Tommy Sejersen were hosted by Yvonne Boles of RSPB at Kinneil Lagoons and by Paul Kirkland of Butterfly Conservation at Wester Moss. Both sites are within the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative area.