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Trajectories of ecosystem change in restored blanket peatlands

Highlights: Ecosystem services show phased recovery following restoration in eroded peatlands. Re-vegetation is key to reporting project success over short funding timeframes. Results support wide-scale adoption of Lime-Seed-Fertiliser-Mulch restoration.

Restoration of blanket peat moorland delays stormflow from hillslopes and reduces peak discharge

Highlights: Re-vegetation of bare peat leads to significant reductions in depth to water table. Re-vegetation reduced peak storm flows by 27% and increases lag times by 106% from experimental headwater micro-catchments in the South Pennines (UK). Gully blocking enhances the benefits of re-vegetation. Increased surface roughness is the key driver of runoff change. Peat restoration can contribute to Natural Flood Management and reduce downstream flood risk.

Controls on the spatial distribution of natural pipe outlets in heavily degraded blanket peat

Highlights: Pipe outlets mostly occur on streambank edges parallel to the stream. At gully head retreat points, pipe outlets are large and close to the surface. Aspect is a strong control on pipe outlet frequency in degraded blanket bog. Pipe outlet frequency is associated with desiccation on gully edges.

Effects of pipe outlet blocking on hydrological functioning in a degraded blanket peatland


  • gully edge pipes contributed 11% of gully stream flow
  • pipes with headward retreat positions produced larger peak flows and larger storm contributions to streamflow than pipes that exited from straight gully edges
  • water tables exhibited a distance-decay effect, becoming deeper the closer to the outlet of pipes exiting from straight gully edges
  • the use of plugs or impermeable barriers to block pipe flow resulted in the formation of new outlets or seepage around the block within 90 days

This investigation concluded that impeding flow at pipe outlets exacerbates further pipe formation but that surface storage structures should be prioritised higher up the pipe network

Blanket-peat restoration: numerical study of the underlying processes delivering Natural Flood Management benefits in Water Resources Research


  • There is a lack of clear understanding regarding the individual effects of revegetation and gully-blocking on Natural Flood Management benefits such as delay and reduced flood peaks.
  • Modelling by University of Newcastle (David Milledge and Salim Goudarzi) confirms that during the largest storms these benefits are primarily due to surface roughness slowing overland flow. However the impact of gully blocking is significant and similar in magnitude.
  • During smaller events, the effects of interception, ponding and evapotranspiration are more important.

Reports and resources produced by MoorLIFE 2020

Wildfire | Fire; Conservation techniques; Restoration; Reserarch; Report

Final wildfire perception and incidents survey report | MoorLIFE 2020 |2021

Establishing expert opinion on the perceived change in risk and severity of wildfire, prior to and after conservation work has been completed

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Wildfire | Fire; Conservation technique; Research; Restoration; Water Table

Baseline wildfire perception and incidents report - Final report | MoorLIFE 2020 |2017

Establishing expert opinion on the perceived risk and severity of wildfire prior for single species habitats, and the scenarios behind ignition.

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Wildfire; Wild fire; Climate change; Evidence; Science; Carbon audit

MoorLIFE 2020 Wildfire database report (updated 2021)

A guide to the method used in creation of the wildfire database and an analysis of trends associated with key variables.

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Land management; Climate Change; Wildfire | Fire; Evidence

Wildfire Ignition Risk Mapping Summary MoorLIFE2020 | 2019

Risk of sustained ignition mapping for the Peak District National Park. Summary - shorter read.

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Climate Change; Wildfire | Fire; Land Management; Evidence

Wildfire Ignition Risk Mapping Report MoorLIFE2020 | 2019

Risk of sustained ignition mapping for the Peak District National Park. Report - longer read.

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Wildfire; Wild fire; The Roaches; Carbon audit; Climate change; MoorLIFE 2020

Roaches wildfire 2018 carbon case study (shorter read)

Case study estimating the amount of carbon released from a wildfire at The Roaches in 2018

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Wildfire; Wild fire; Roaches; Carbon Audit; Climate change; Emissions; Fire; MoorLIFE 2020

Roaches wildfire 2018 carbon report (longer read)

A report into the estimated amount of carbon released as a result of the wildfire that occurred on the Roaches in August 2018.

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MoorLIFE 2020; Vegetation monitoring; Biodiversity; Rewetting; Revegetating; Sphagnum; Plug plant; Plant species

Monitoring the impact of blanket bog conservation using aerial imagery MoorLIFE 2020 | 2020

Using aerial imagery to monitor vegetation at a landscape scale, rather than the traditional site scale.

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Carbon; Climate Change; Natural capital; Ecosystem services; Carbon accounting

MoorLIFE 2020 Carbon Audit update report 2016

We are monitoring the carbon footprint of the MoorLIFE 2020 project, with the aim of identifying where carbon savings can be made. This, the first update report contains methodology as well.

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Climate Change; Carbon Audit; Evidence; Science; Monitoring

Carbon Audit update report MoorLIFE 2020 | 2020

We are monitoring the carbon footprint of the MoorLIFE 2020 project annually, with the aim of identifying where carbon savings can be made.

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Science; Vegetation Monitoring; Sphagnum | plug plant; Plant species; Rewetting

MoorLIFE 2020 Single species sphagnum report 2021

A report on techniques for planting sphagnum effectively

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