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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, we can tailor our work to bring maximum benefit to the uplands.Reintroducing sphagnum moss to upland moors can help to stop erosion, which

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

Moors for the Future Partnership are very close to the finishing line for the 2020/21 conservation works season, one that has been quite unlike any other. The staff team and partners are still working hard to coordinate the final pieces of this season’s restoration work and ensuring that all work

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

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

Hydrological model builds the blueprint of moorland restoration for the next generation

Thu 16 Apr 2020

Building Blocks – next steps in gully blocking is a project part-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development under the Natural England Water Environment Grant (WEG) scheme. Building Blocks aims to improve biodiversity in the South Pennine Moors Special Area of Conservation (SAC) by re-wetting blanket bog, with

The BOG Standard - the spring edition

Thu 09 Apr 2020

Welcome to the spring 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

New species of sphagnum discovered by Moors for the Future Partnership volunteer

Wed 01 Apr 2020

Read our April Fools Day prank:A new species of sphagnum has been identified by Moors for the Future Partnership. Nicknamed Futuristic Bog Moss, or Sphagnum futura, the plant is said to be the first true blue sphagnum species. The patch of startling violet sphagnum was discovered in August 2019 during

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