Visiting Researcher (CREWW)
I joined the CREWW team in 2017 when I started a part-time self-funded MRes to investigate the effects of peatland restoration on Exmoor on the growth and distribution of Bog asphodel (Narthecium ossifragum) a blanket bog plant known to be toxic to grazing livestock. I had been involved with the vegetation monitoring on the Exmoor restoration sites since 2005 when restoration first started. Since completing the MRes in 2020 I have been using the extensive vegetation monitoring data to look at the factors affecting changes in biodiversity following the restoration of Exmoor's shallow peatland. These factors include peat depth, rainfall, slope, hydrology profile and the length of time since restoration.