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A group of volunteers for and staff at the local office of the National Trust in Marsden, West Yorkshire UK is organising a conference entitled ‘Managing Molinia?’ in Huddersfield West Yorkshire in mid-September 2015.

Molinia caerulea on upland peat in the UK: history, dependencies and the role of intervention in achieving conservation goals.

A conference to be held in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK, 14-16 September 2015.

Peat covers much of the flat or gently sloping uplands of the UK, forming blanket mire that can host a number of vegetation types. The type favoured by conservationists, and considered to be associated with the greatest rate of peat formation, involves Eriophorum species, ericaceous shrubs and Sphagnum mosses. In practice, this is lacking over large areas of upland where it might be expected, its place being taken by very dominant Molinia caerulea. Conservation bodies expend much effort in trying to replace Molinia with more desirable species and conservation objectives are set with this in mind. This conference examines the place of Molinia caerulea in UK plant communities, factors affecting its growth and experiments looking at ways of adding greater diversity where appropriate. The aim is to gain a clearer understanding, through discussion, of what types of conservation objective should be applied and how to achieve them.

The conference will take place in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK, 14-16 September 2015 and will contain two days of presentations and discussion followed by a field trip on Day 3 to look at diversification experiments set up in dominant Molinia on the Marsden Moor Estate.

Please visit http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/marsden-moor/ for the booking site and provisional programme.