Pupils investigate climate change

Georgie Hulme, Megan Fletcher and Emily Roebuck testing the ph of an upland pool
Georgie Hulme, Megan Fletcher and Emily Roebuck testing the ph of an upland pool
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CHAPEL-en-le-Frith school children have been conducting climate change research on the Peak District and Pennine Moors.

Pupils from Chapel High School surveyed peat in the Goyt Valley as part of a project to investigate the impact of climate change and the effect of human activities on the sensitive moorland environment.

The students’ research will help the Moors for the Future Partnership which is carrying out large-scale restoration through regenerating vegetation such as cotton-grass and cloudberry. Findings will be collated and analysed using handheld sensors and GPS technology.

The activities were part of the fifth annual Moorland Indicators of Climate Change Initiative (MICCI) as part of National Science and Engineering Week.

Co-ordinator Chris Robinson, of the Peak District National Park Authority’s learning and discovery team, said: “Healthy peat moorlands could retain more carbon than all the forests in the UK and France combined.

“But centuries of human activities have damaged the peat through pollution, wildfires and drainage which led to severe loss of vegetation and erosion.”