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Bringing the wonders of blanket bog to life on stage

Tue 14 Sep 2021

Moors for the Future Partnership are teaming up with Buxton-based theatre company Babbling Vagabonds to produce a new play that teaches young people to love and care for peatlands of the Peak District.The play – Bogtastic – tells the story of Cottongrass and Bilberry, two Bog Fairies descended from the

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

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

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

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

Testing a new technique to improve moorland habitat

Fri 01 May 2020

Moors for the Future Partnership is pioneering and testing a new technique to improve the condition of blanket bog habitat.The aim of the trial is to discover if constructing bunds can improve the health of blanket bogs, returning them to the healthiest condition a bog can be in (known as

The results have been pooled for the ninth annual dipwell campaign

Wed 18 Mar 2020

A healthy blanket bog relies on a high water table for its unique and boggy conditions. Every year, volunteers measure the depth of the water table in hundreds of locations. This is known as Moors for the Future Partnership’s dipwell campaign.The data has been analysed by Partnership scientists, and interesting

Molinia management webinar

Tue 04 Feb 2020

Learn from researchers and practitioners who are at the forefront of Molinia managementAs part of our MoorLIFE2020 project, we ran a webinar alongside Europarc Atlantic Isles on the subject of Molinia management. Molinia caerulea, also called purple moor grass, covers large areas of deep peat. It can dominate other blanket

Measuring the moorland water table: 2019 Dipwell Campaign

Wed 20 Nov 2019

20 November 2019 The restoration work that Moors for the Future Partnership do is underpinned by research and monitoring carried out by a team of dedicated scientists and volunteers – often battling the elements to keep our datasets accurate, complete and up-to-date.A key event in the research and monitoring calendar

‘Moor’ results than ever for local youth climate action

Fri 25 Oct 2019

MICCI, the Moorland Indicators of Climate Change Initiative, is a UK-wide project giving secondary school students the opportunity to take part in real-world climate science. Students from schools in or close to UK National Parks – including here in the Peak District - visit moorland or other peatland areas to

New maps highlight the most up to date information about wildfire ignition

Mon 14 Oct 2019

Latest data brings risk maps up to date The maps take into account the latest data on wildfire ignition across the Peak District.Read the summary reportRead the full reportThe maps have been produced using data from Moors for the Future Partnership's newly updated wildfire database, which aims to collect comprehensive

Moors for the Future Partnership plays host to the Today programme

Mon 09 Sep 2019

As the sun rose over the Hope Valley, Kinder Scout made an impressive, and iconic, background as the history, heritage and future of the National Parks were in the spotlight on BBC Radio 4 recently. Moors for the Future Partnership played host to BBC Radio 4’s flagship news programme, Today,

A truly Bogtastic season

Mon 09 Sep 2019

The emphatic exclamation, ''this is the BEST Bogtastic Van I've ever seen'', sets the tone for a record-breaking Bogtastic season This summer the Bogtastic Van hit record numbers of engagement on its travels across the Peak District and South Pennine moors. Launched in 2018 as part of the MoorLIFE 2020

The conservation works season of 2019–2021 is set to be the biggest yet for peatland restoration

Tue 03 Sep 2019

Following a record-breaking conservation works season last year, the upcoming season is set to be even bigger and see unprecedented levels of peatland restoration work in the North of England by organisations collectively. The planned peatland restoration work spans from the most southerly point in the Peak District right up

'What are the uplands for?’ series by the Heather Trust talks ecosystem services and funding on Bradfield Moor

Thu 29 Aug 2019

Part of a seven-part series discussing ‘What are the uplands for?’, the fifth Heather Trust event in the Peak District – Funding for the Natural Environment – included a site visit onto the Fitzwilliam Wentworth Estate and a conference at Bradfield Village Hall. Supported by Moors for the Future Partnership,

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