Ben, Rosie and Kim from the WetFutures Ireland team have recently been interviewed by NatureVolve on their work that they are undertaking for WetFutures, Irish heritage and archaeology!
The interview includes photography by Tina Claffey - an incredible photographer with a keen eye for the natural world of the bog.
Read the interview here:
The WetFutures Irish team are speaking at the global Re-Peat global festival this Sunday (31st May)- a celebration of peatlands across the world! Ben and Rosie are talking on the subject of gender and peatlands - mixed in with a bit Seamus Heaney poetry - not one to miss!
The talk will be recorded and available here, following the talk!
In these difficult times, projects like WetFutures can take a back-seat. But even though we are not all in the same offices or even the same countries, we are still working away - and on an even bigger capacity! In the last few months, Dr Floor Huisman (Netherlands), Dr Abbi Flint (UK) and Rosie Everett (Ireland) have joined the team - so welcome!
Following the success of the WetFutures Ireland research on the perceptions of peatlands in the community (led by Dr Kim Davies), the Dutch and UK team are currently in development of tailored questionnaires to undertake at wetland sites relevant to their research. This is a fantastic approach for face-to-face engagement with the public, and allows for us to get honest and though-provoking answers on how people feel about the work we are doing as a project, and how we can use that effectively to engage with communities and stake-holders in these unique wetland sites.
One of the outputs of these questionnaires is to collect all the key terms that are most used in answers to create a word cloud - a visual representation of what is important for those that have undertaken the questionnaires. And we love it!
(Source: Dr Kimberley Davies)
We are all so excited to get back out in to the field - so watch this space!
Our very own Ben Jennings (WetFutures UK) spoke at Cafe Scientifique at the Bradford Media Museum this week, discussing the work of WetFutures and the way in which we engage with environmental policy makers, such as the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Ben's talk highlighted how engagement and collaboration with the scientific and policy-driven community allows us to discuss the role of heritage management of wetlands can go beyond the perception that archaeologists are all about bog bodies. In particular, Ben highlighted the role of WetFutures in engaging with communities within areas of wetlands, and the value of this enacting change within government policy to ensure wetland protection.
The WetFutures Irish team swapped their welly boots for paintbrushes this week, and took part in the Creative Connections workshop hosted by the Glucksman Gallery, Cork. Ben and Kim spent the day chatting with teachers about creating peatland related teaching resources, and explored ways in which we as a project can communicate our research in a more creative way!
Creative Connections is an incredible example of the way in which interdisciplinary research can bring people together with creativity (for more information see http://peatlands.ucc.ie/).
The WetFutures team were back in their natural environment this week - on a bog!
The group visited Abbeyleix Bog in the Irish Midlands to see the work being undertaken by the Community Wetlands Forum
This was a fantastic opportunity to take a look at the way in which day visits and talks, such as this, can actively engage the community.