Moor Water Severn Trent

Boosting nature in the Upper Derwent Valley

Planting 600 hectares of sphagnum moss

In partnership with Severn Trent and the National Trust

Citizen Science photography project coming soon

Moors for the Future Partnership is working with Severn Trent and the National Trust to boost nature across this important area of remote upper moorland, restoring blanket bog in the Peak District National Park.

By planting sphagnum moss, the fantastic bog-building moss, the moors are being revived. This means a better home for nature on the moors. In turn, moss is expected to improve the quality of the water flowing into the reservoirs and slow water down, holding it for longer on the moors contributing to water security and natural flood management. And, as the moss grows, it will trap carbon dioxide from the air and store it as peat.

People will be able to see for themselves by sharing and discovering photos of the landscape as its biodiversity improves. The Bogtastic van will be out and about, with it’s message about why bogs are fantastic! Children from local schools, farmers and land managers will have a chance to discuss moorland conservation. Moors for the Future Partnership scientists will monitor the improvements to the landscape, alongside an exciting new citizen science opportunity.

Project Objectives:

  • 613 hectares of biodiversity improvement
  • Communicate about the work to the general public
  • Part of Severn Trent’s Great Big Nature Boost
  • Assess long term peatland condition and biodiversity change
  • Assess natural capital of Bamford Catchment
  • Non-chemical bracken treatment trial
  • Improve the quality of water flowing from the catchment
  • Flood risk reduction and other water quality benefits such as reduced sedimentation
  • Improvement to climate change resilience and net carbon sequestration

Project updates

A fixed point photo
14 June 2022

Quadrats established for vegetation monitoring

Three monitoring sites have been set up, and two more are planned. These sites contain ten quadrats each. A quadrat is a fixed area, in this case a 2 x 2 metre square, that can be revisited over time to measure how the vegetation within it has changed. Here, each quadrat is centered around a sphagnum plug plant. Fixed point photos will also be taken annually.

A close up of sphagnum moss
1 March 2022

Sphagnum Planting on Birchinlee Moor

Sphagnum planting on Birchinlee Moor has been completed, covering 52 hectares. Planting has started on Alport Moor as well, to be completed by the end of March. We're monitoring water quality and biodiversity at a number of sites.

Planting sphagnum moss
3 December 2021

Sphagnum planting on Ashop Moor

134.6 hectares of sphagnum planting completed (154,750 plugs) on Ashop Moor - that's about  200 football pitches!

Vegetation monitoring sites have been set up on Seal Edge and Withins Clough