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16th year of vegetation monitoring underway to gather 'moor' data

Thu 15 Aug 2019

The restoration work that Moors for the Future Partnership do on the moors is underpinned by research and monitoring carried out by our team of scientists. Currently, two strands of monitoring, restoration and environmental are underway to best understand the changes to vegetation cover and type over time. Restoration monitoring

Bogtastic Van buzzing with activity at Manchester Festival of Nature

Mon 22 Jul 2019

At the end of June, a number of nature organisations joined together to create the very first Manchester Festival of Nature. Held in Heaton Park, the festival celebrated Manchester’s wonderful wildlife and featured the Bogtastic Van, offering an interactive experience of life on the moors. Oliver James Turner enjoys the

‘Protect Our Moors’ leaflet warns of growing wildfire danger

Tue 04 Jun 2019

Pennine Prospects, alongside Moors for the Future Partnership, have produced and distributed a leaflet to raise awareness around fire prevention and response.See the leafletIn 2018, there were a record-breaking 79 major wildfires in the UK. In just the first four months of 2019, there were 96.As a response to this

Moors for the Future Partnership's biggest work season

Mon 03 Jun 2019

The last few weeks of March 2019 saw the end to the biggest work season ever for the Partnership. From September 2018 to March 2019 our teams worked tirelessly in all weathers to conduct vital work restoring the peatlands of the Peak District National Park and South Pennines.In the 2018–19

Away above the chimney tops

Mon 22 Oct 2018

The science team’s summer of flying ended in September with approximately 10.5km² of surveyed moorland under our belt. Data has been collected from our field labs, which are specially identified areas that have received conservation works, or have certain characteristics such as being dominated by purple moor grass. Monitoring at

Young, wild and free: new youth group for local teens to experience Peak District National Park

Fri 31 Aug 2018

A brand new Peak District junior ranger group is set to give local young people the opportunity to learn vital conservation skills in the heart of the UK’s first National Park.With a special focus on moorland habitats and their vital benefits, this free group for 11 to 18 year olds

Celebrating moorland that inspired literary masterpiece Wuthering Heights on bicentenary of Emily Brontë’s birth

Wed 25 Jul 2018

The South Pennine moors that inspired fictional masterpiece Wuthering Heights have changed dramatically in the 200 years since its author, Emily Brontë, was born.Literary fans across the globe are gearing up to commemorate the middle Brontë sister on the bicentenary of her birth on Monday 30th July.Little did Brontë know

Free app teaches children about wildfire prevention and bog conservation

Wed 18 Jul 2018

Free app teaches children about wildfire prevention! With the risk of moorland wildfires remaining high, Moors for the Future Partnership has released a game to help children learn about the importance of wet boggy moors in preventing wildfires from spreading. The game centres around Lizzy the Lizard, a moorland critter

Summer of flying for our unmanned aerial vehicle in the Peak District and South Pennines

Wed 18 Jul 2018

Members of our team are set to be flying high as they get their unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) surveys underway this week, to monitor the impacts of our conservation works on upland blanket bogs.The team will be working alongside Nottingham Trent University and Yorkshire Peat Partnership to fly the UAV

Watch again: wildfire webinars

Fri 04 May 2018

Learn from industry experts about research into wildfires, and partnership work to help reduce them As part of our MoorLIFE 2020 project, we coordinated two webinars alongside Europarc Atlantic Isles on the subject of wildfires. Fires in the wild can have devastating effects on both people and animals.Uncontrolled fires on

Celebrating 15 years of mending moorland at the heart of the UK

Tue 20 Feb 2018

A team of organisations that helps beloved landscapes at the heart of the UK is celebrating its 15th anniversary with 15 unique events.The Moors for the Future Partnership commemorates its crystal anniversary this month but is extending celebrations throughout 2018.A special event took place in Edale on Friday 16th February

Blanket bog conservation work features in new Spanish research book

Mon 19 Feb 2018

A newly published book is sharing guidance and information about peatland conservation across the world.International experts share their insights into the identification, description, restoration and protection of peat bogs including in Canada, Spain and France. The book has been produced as part of Sustainable Ordunte, an EU LIFE+ funded project

Moors for the Future Partnership science team is soarin’ with innovative unmanned aerial vehicle

Mon 18 Dec 2017

A state-of-the-art unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is set to help the Moors for the Future Partnership monitor and analyse the impact of conservation works across vast, open moorlands.Members of the science team had their first official flight with the UAV at the end of last month. The specialist equipment is

Monitoring our own carbon footprint as we help to reduce flood risk and join the fight against climate change

Fri 17 Nov 2017

“Millions of people around the world have suffered – and continue to suffer – from extreme weather events… The message cannot get any clearer. We no longer have the luxury of time. We must act now.”Speaking at the opening ceremony of the UN Climate Change Conference in Germany last week,

Farm sandwiched between carriageways on one of Britain’s busiest motorways looks ‘Beyond Nature’

Mon 06 Nov 2017

The iconic Stott Hall Farm which sits in the middle of the M62 is joining forces with one of our partners, Yorkshire Water, for the ‘Beyond Nature’ campaign.The project is looking to transform how farms across the water company’s patch connect with the land, water and wildlife around them.Matt Buckler,

Donation to Edale School raised by BogFest fell race

Thu 26 Oct 2017

More than £460 raised at the Moors for the Future Partnership’s fell race will help children at Edale CE Primary School learn about nature.In September, the Partnership held BogFest in the village, a conference and festival to celebrate all things boggy. It brought together professionals and the public to learn

Cinderella will go to the ball, but she’ll be wearing hiking boots, not glass slippers!

Tue 03 Oct 2017

Fairy-tale in Edale as rare habitat is celebrated at festival-style conference in remote Peak District village. This September, nearly 300 international experts in peatlands came together to learn, share and celebrate the wonder of bogs at BogFest, a conference delivered with a festival atmosphere.Peatlands are exceptionally important for our wellbeing,

Free public events in Edale to celebrate local moorland

Fri 25 Aug 2017

Guided walks, talks, a poetry evening and gardeners’ question time are some of the free, community-focused events that local people can look forward to as part of BogFest in Edale next month. BogFest – taking place Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd September at venues throughout the Hope Valley

Bogtastic van is picking up speed

Thu 03 Aug 2017

Our state-of-the-art Bogtastic van – that is set to showcase the iconic Peak District and South Pennines moors - is gearing up for its construction phase!The Bogtastic van and will visit town and city centres for people to experience the sights, sounds, senses and even the smells of our local

Conservation work has a proven effect on protecting Peak District and South Pennine moorland

Tue 18 Jul 2017

Work to protect the iconic moorland of the Peak District and South Pennines is having a positive and statistically significant effect on the environment, research recently launched by the Moors for the Future Partnership and The University of Manchester has confirmed.The study brought together 12 years’ worth of data, to

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