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.
- 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
15 August 2023
Land Manager & Farmer Event in Hope Valley
This summer Moors for the Future Partnership held a Farmers & Land Managers event to discuss the issue of bracken management in the Bamford catchment area. The purpose of the day was to share knowledge and farmers’ own personal experiences regarding the effectiveness of a range of non-chemical means of bracken control. The day centred around a demonstration of mechanical cutting on one of our trial sites in the Hope Valley, where we shared the trial results to date.
30 June 2023
The Bogtastic van is on the road
During the summer months, the Bogtastic van is on the road, bringing the message about the importance of our moorlands, and they work we're doing to preserve them to the public at public events and beauty spots around the Severn Trent area. With demonstrations, displays, films and games, the Bogtastic van has something for everyone. You can find out where we'll be here.
31 March 2023
£3.3 million worth of restoration work from August 2022 to March 2023
As part of its work to bring degraded peatland back to life, Moors for the Future Partnership will have completed £3.3 million worth of restoration work from August 2022 to March 2023, thanks to funding from Severn Trent, Yorkshire Water, DEFRA and Natural England. In the last six months the Partnership has planted an area the size of 270 football pitches of sphagnum moss around the Peak District National Park Upper Derwent Valley. Severn Trent are working through Moors for the Future Partnership on the Moor Water project, on moorland cared for by the National Trust.
1 December 2022
Recording moorland change
Four fixed-point photography posts have been installed across the Derwent Valley to record moorland change. These posts will enable people to engage with conservation work that has taken place recently on the surrounding moors. When people come across the posts, they will be invited to take a fixed-point photo of the landscape and to upload it for use in an online gallery. The viewpoints take in areas of moorland restored by Moors for the Future Partnership and areas of clough woodland restored by the National Trust, both funded by Severn Trent as part of the Moor Water project.
1 September 2022
Non-chemical bracken trials underway
Trials to control bracken without the use of chemical herbicides have started at two locations. The trials have been designed to compare interventions with the aim of developing practical ways of reducing the dominance of bracken on in-bye land. The bracken will be cut again next year and changes to the vegetation will be monitored.
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 centred around a sphagnum plug plant. Fixed point photos will also be taken annually.
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.
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