Specialist peatland restoration contractor Conservefor were appointed by the River Forth Fisheries Trust (RFFT) to undertake a moorland restoration re-wetting project at Dunruchan Farm, Scotland. The peatland restoration work included the installation of peat dams, timber dams and gully re-profiling work across the site. As a specialist Peatland restoration contractor, we deployed two eight (8) tonne 360 bogmaster excavators fitted with 800mm pads and tilt buckets. Our bespoke machinery is specially adapted for use on Peatlands. Low ground pressure ensures our machines do not damage Peatland.

Starting at the highest point on the site our experienced skilled peatland operatives installed peat dams at approximately 7.5metre spacing’s ensuring that each peat dam was keyed well into the grip edge creating a water tight seal. Re-profiling of the eroded peat hags progressed alongside the peat dam installation. Timber dams with stone splash plates where installed at suitable location across some gullies to slow and retain larger volumes of water. Each element of the peat restoration work was mapped using GiS.

The Dunruchan Farm Peatland Restoration project aim was to restore the water retention capabilities and increase the water table of this peatbog to provide NFM benefits to the catchment; reduce the oxidisation of carbon and its effects on Climate Change; and reduce Particulate Organic Carbon (POC) affecting water quality in a tributary of the Allan Water renowned for salmon and sea trout spawning.

Dunruchan Farm, like many upland agricultural holdings in Perthshire, has had its upland blanket bog impacted by grip/hill drainage in the pursuit of improving the grazing quality of the land.

Dunruchan Farm’s blanket bog lies within the Allan Water Catchment, and falls within the scope of the Allan Water Improvement Project, which is an integrated catchment management project led by the River Forth Fisheries Trust (RFFT) that involves tackling diffuse pollution issues; easement of barriers to fish passage; improving the ecological status of waterbodies in accordance with the River Basin Management Plan; and to continue the delivery of Natural Flood Management (NFM) within the catchment.