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The annual vegetation monitoring season: Tracking changes on the moors since restoration work began in 2003

Tue 20 Jul 2021

The cotton grass is starting to fade once again, which can only mean one thing. It is that time of year again where our volunteers do what they do best, time to hit the moors in force to monitor the vegetation cover across the hills.Image of the staff team and

From hill to mill and back, the story of the Great Ridge restoration

Thu 10 Jun 2021

The dramatic skyline of the Great Ridge walk connects the summits of Lose Hill and Mam Tor in Derbyshire’s Hope Valley. Separating the gritstone edges of the Dark Peak from the lighter limestone of the White Peak, the ridge walk offers near panoramic views across the Peak District. Heavy footfall

Bogtastic van gets back on the road

Thu 13 May 2021

After over a year off the road due to covid restrictions, Moors for the Future Partnership’s state-of-the-art Bogtastic van – that showcases the iconic Peak District and South Pennines moors - is gearing up to return to action.The Bogtastic van is the world’s first bog in a van! It’s kitted

Moors for the Future Partnership’s biggest conservation works season successfully delivered against the odds

Fri 07 May 2021

Against a backdrop of ever-changing circumstances and a challenging year for nature, we’re pleased to say that the conservation work this year has not only been completed successfully, but has been the largest conservation season to date for Moors for the Future Partnership.The difficulties of working through the pandemic and

Monitoring single-species sphagnum plug growth on blanket bog

Wed 05 May 2021

The study by Moors for the Future Partnership was carried out to discover the most effective methods of planting various species of sphagnum. Based on the findings, the Partnership can tailor delivery of conservation works to bring maximum benefit to the uplands.Reintroducing sphagnum moss to upland moors can help to

Turbines, diggers and dumpers - peat restoration on a windfarm

Fri 30 Apr 2021

Since 2003, Moors for the Future Partnership has worked to restore the moorlands of the Peak District and South Pennines, using a number of common actions. These include revegetation by spreading heather brash and seed mixes, blocking gullies to raise the water table, and planting sphagnum moss and other native

National award recognises moorland restoration delivered against all odds

Thu 18 Mar 2021

This has been another busy year for Moors for the Future Partnership’s conservation activities, and working in the face of a global pandemic with snowy weather that seemed to have been blanketing the moors more often than not, it has been one of the most challenging yet. The feat of

Restoration works on the iconic Great Ridge due to spring into action

Thu 04 Mar 2021

Separating Edale from Castleton, and the limestone of the White Peak from the millstone grit of the Dark Peak, the Great Ridge straddles the heart of the Peak District and provides a fantastic ridge walk. The path, which is extremely popular with walkers with stunning views of the Hope Valley,

Fire scarred “moonscape” near Bolton to be restored to life-supporting peatland in nation’s green recovery

Fri 12 Feb 2021

Defra have funded over £600k, as part of the Moor Carbon project that will look to breathe new life into precious peat and moorlands near Bolton, which were ravaged by wildfire. One third of the Woodland Trust owned Smithills Estate, which encompasses the iconic Winter Hill Transmitter, was badly damaged

Volunteer group and conservation organisations join forces to improve the health of local moorland

Wed 02 Dec 2020

Moors for the Future Partnership has been working with the community group, Friends of Crompton Moor, for the last couple of years to carry out sphagnum moss planting and vegetation monitoring. The first of its kind for the Partnership, this collaboration aims to give the community a sense of ownership

The BOG Standard – Autumn 2020 edition

Thu 26 Nov 2020

Welcome to the autumn 2020 edition of our quarterly newsletter, The BOG Standard, continuing to bring you the latest from the world of Moors for the Future Partnership.Read it online

Environment Agency working with Peak District partnership to slow the flow of water from the moors

Tue 10 Nov 2020

From the summer of 2019 to the spring of 2020, Britain experienced catastrophic floods. In August 2019, the dam at Toddbrook Reservoir was so badly damaged that the town of Whaley Bridge had to be evacuated. February 2020 was England’s wettest ever, with floods in towns such as Hebden Bridge

Chocks away: helicopters get busy for moorland conservation

Thu 05 Nov 2020

This is another busy year for Moors for the Future Partnership’s conservation activities. With the building of over 6,000 dams and the spreading of over 3,500 bags of heather brash across the Peak District and South Pennine moors, these heavy materials need to get on to the remote moors and

Counting the climate change cost of moorland wildfires

Thu 20 Aug 2020

Camp fire caused loss of 50 years’ worth of valuable peat in the Peak District National Park.The resulting blaze released greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to running all the homes in a town the size of Bakewell or Hebden Bridge for a year.A case study by Moors for the Future Partnership

The heritage of peatlands webinar

Wed 19 Aug 2020

Peatlands offer fascinating insights into how our ancestors lived and died. Moors for the Future Partnership, perhaps better known for its environmental conservation work to protect the peatlands of the Peak District and South Pennines, is hosting this webinar, in partnership with Europarc Atlantic Isles, to explore in more detail

The BOG Standard - the summer edition

Wed 29 Jul 2020

Welcome to the summer edition of our quarterly newsletter, The BOG Standard, continuing to bring you the latest from the world of Moors for the Future Partnership.Read it online

Hitting the ground running for vegetation monitoring season with our volunteers back on the moors

Mon 27 Jul 2020

We are delighted to be welcoming back our volunteers as the vegetation monitoring season gets underway. Every year, we undertake vegetation surveys to monitor the effects of our restoration work, and in response to environmental change. This year marks the seventeenth consecutive year of monitoring, making it one of the

Sensational seasonal stats

Tue 14 Jul 2020

Over the 2019/2020 work season alone (which ended slightly earlier than usual this year due to lockdown), the Partnership revegetated over 27 hectares of bare peat by airlifting, and then spreading by hand, over 5,000 bags of cut heather brash and laying down over 13,000 square metres of geo-textile. Heather

Building links between public and private investment to help bring the green shoots of recovery to the moors

Fri 29 May 2020

Moors for the Future Partnership, who for the past 17 years has been working to restore the peatlands of the Peak District and South Pennine moors, has been selected to receive funding in a pilot scheme to encourage sustainable private sector investment in our natural environment.Defra, the Environment Agency (EA),

Webinar: Moors for the Future Partnership’s ground-breaking project Building Blocks- Next Steps in Gully Blocking

Tue 19 May 2020

Building Blocks Part 1 & 2 on Wednesday 10th June at 10.30 and Wednesday 17th June at 14.30Part 1Find out about Moors for the Future Partnership’s ground-breaking project Building Blocks- Next Steps in Gully Blocking. Building Blocks has enabled the Partnership to map the next 100,000 gully blocks across the

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