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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,

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

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