November 1, 2010 - March 31, 2011

Easter Inch Moss and Seafield Law Local Nature Reserve Integrated Management Plan

Locations:
West Lothian
Types:
Employment & Training, Integrated Habitat Network, Water Environment, Woodland Creation
Funds:
CSGN Development Fund
Contacts:
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Lead Partners:
Central Scotland Forest Trust (CSFT)
Partners:
West Lothian Council, Easter Inch Moss and Seafield Law Local Nature Reserve Management Group,

Context

Easter Inch Moss and Seafield Law has been a local nature reserve (LNR) since 2007. The161ha site consists of a previously worked peat bog, a remodelled oil shale bing and a sealed landfill site. Over 140 plant species have been recorded on the reserve and it is an important site for locally rare animals including reed bunting, short eared owls, the pearl-borded fritillary butterfly and the great crested newt.

Project background

In 2010 the Easter Inch Moss and Seafield Law Local Nature Reserve Management Group asked CSFT to assist in updating and implementing the Management Plan for the site.

How the project was delivered

CSFT commissioned Ironside Farrar to conduct a desk top survey of the Easter Inch Moss and Seafield site. This included a hydrological survey, woodland condition survey and a habitat survey. Ironside Farrar also carried out landowner and stakeholder consultations to discuss potential tree planting opportunities in the area.

Project outcomes

The information gathered during the survey and the consultation process was used by Ironside Farrar to produce a revised Management Plan for Easter Inch and Seafield Law LNR. The Management Plan sets out proposals for the period 2011/12 – 2016/17 to protect and expand biodiversity within the LNR. It recommended improved management of the water and peat resources, and identified opportunities for woodland planting and management.

CSGN Support and Learning

This project received funding from the 2010 CSGN Development Fund and supports a number of CSGN themes. The identification of woodland planting and management opportunities will contribute to the achievement of woodland creation targets and will help to mitigate climate change. Similarly, improved management of the water and peat resources within the LNR will enable the effective maintenance of these valuable habitats and will contribute towards carbon storage and sequestration.

Future development of project

The CSFT is working with the Management Group to deliver priority actions identified in the revised Management Plan. This may be through volunteer actions or consultants and contractors. Preparation of the Management Plan will also be used to support funding applications to enable the works to be implemented

Funding Details:

Year Fund Value
2010 CSGN Development Fund 9,000

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