Peatland ACTION - Training and skills for restoration design

Resources and information for peatland restoration designers.

The potential for restoration of peatland in Scotland is significant.  Effective restoration which aims to restore the hydrology of the peatland and provide benefits to nature as well as climate requires skilled people.  In order to build these skills across Scotland, the Peatland ACTION partners directly provide or support various initiatives.  

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses available

We and our partners have delivered a number of specialist training courses and events outdoors designed to improve and aid understanding of peatland habitats and how to restore them.

Last year’s course included:

  • Bog Plant ID training
  • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations
  • Peat Landslide Risk Assessment
  • Site visits to restored and unrestored sites including Ben Wyvis, Strathvaich and Urlar

In 2024 we are planning a number of further training events and will include

  • Hydrology training
  • Forest to Bog
  • Bare peat restoration
  • Water vole and other mammals and how to consider them in restoration planning
  • Reptiles on Peatlands
  • More site visits to active and restored sites


If you would be interested in signing up to our mailing list we can let you know when future courses become available that you can sign up for. Contact [email protected]

SRUC – Peatland Assessment and Restoration course

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), supported by Peatland ACTION, have introduced a new Peatland Assessment and Restoration course, which will be delivered from SRUC’s Barony campus near Dumfries. It will provide an overview of peatland ecology and hydrology and an understanding of the causes of peatland degradation and will allow candidates to develop expertise in mapping and surveying peatland, before designing effective interventions for the restoration of the site.

It covers all stages of planning, funding and delivering a restoration scheme as well as all stages of planning, funding and delivering a restoration scheme during the short course.

Duration: 10 day course delivered over two, one-week blocks with some online learning between blocks.

For more information or to pre-register for the next available course, please contact [email protected]

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