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26.01.2012 Sarah Scott Groundwater Dependant Terrestrial Ecosystems

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26.01.2012 Sarah Scott Groundwater Dependant Terrestrial Ecosystems

  1. 1. North West Regional Group Meeting Thursday 26th January 2012“Groundwater Dependant Terrestrial Ecosystems –Wybunbury Moss, Cheshire”Sarah Scott - Senior Technical Specialist (Hydrogeology), Environment Agency The Environment Agency have been carrying out investigations at a number of groundwater dependant terrestrial ecosystems (GWDTEs), or wetlands, around England and Wales to determine whether they are being adversely impacted by anthropogenic pressures. The results of the work are being used to report site status to Europe to comply with the Water Framework Directive. Working with Natural England, CCW and SEPA, guidance for monitoring and investigation has been produced which aims to provide a risk-based, cost-effective approach to monitoring GWDTE sites and incorporating ecological and hydrological aspects. The North West Regional Groundwater team have trialled this guidance at the SSSI / SAC site, Wybunbury Moss in Cheshire to determine whether high nitrates in the shallow sands and gravels around the wetland are causing significant damage to the habitat. Wybunbury Moss is floating peat raft of national importance forming one of the best Schwingmoor sites in the Country. This talk focuses on the investigations carried out at the site and the outcomes of the monitoring and explains how this will help to manage the site in the future and the outcomes for the national guidance trial. Photo: Wybunbury Moss Peat Raft Sarah Scott, Senior Technical Specialist (Hydrogeology). Environment Agency North West & This talk will be preceded by the North West North East Regions – Sarah Scott is the Senior Regional Group’s AGM which will commence at Technical Specialist for Hydrogeology across the 6.00pm. The talk will commence immediately after North of England. Sarah gained her BSc degree in the AGM at 6.30pm Geography and Geology from Liverpool Polytechnic and has been with the Environment Agency and its Venue: The University of Manchester, Williamson predecessor, the National Rivers Authority, for much Building, Lecture Theatre. The Williamson Building is of the past two decades. Sarah is mainly involved in located on Oxford Road at the corner with Brunswick groundwater related work with current Street, postcode M13 9PL. responsibilities ranging from Water Framework Directive investigations, groundwater resource Organised by the North West Regional Group of the management and lately regulation in relation to shale Geological Society of London gas exploration. www.geolsoc.org.uk/nwrg geologicalsociety.northwest@gmail.com CPD: These events may be considered for contributing to a recognised Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme as part of personal development. Delegates should check their individual scheme requirements The Geological Society of London is a registered charity No 210161

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