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The BOG Standard - Winter 2021 edition

Tue 04 Jan 2022

Welcome to the winter 2021 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 onlineSign up to The Bog Standard.

All I want for Christmas is a healthy blanket bog: removing invasive Sitka spruce

Fri 17 Dec 2021

It looks like there’s so much space. Just emptiness everywhere you look. Even the sky looks bigger up here. Is there anything here? Well yes, there is a bog. A type of bog called blanket bog. It doesn’t sound particularly exciting and perhaps at first glance it doesn’t look particularly

Restoring the UK’s carbon sinks: new study spells good news for peatlands

Fri 10 Dec 2021

A recent study has demonstrated a new way of restoring peatlands. A major store of carbon, restoring damaged peatlands represents a significant part of the UK’s plans to reduce the nation’s carbon emissions and mitigate climate change. The recommended target set by the Committee on Climate Change is to restore

Bogtastic play introduces young people to the wonders of peat bogs

Thu 04 Nov 2021

A play commissioned by Moors for the Future Partnership has been entertaining young audiences and introducing them to the wonders of moorland and peat bogs.Bogtastic!, created and produced by Babbling Vagabonds Storytelling Theatre was performed for four days in Buxton’s Pavilion Gardens and played to enthusiastic family audiences.It told the

Working Together for the Great North Bog at COP26

Thu 04 Nov 2021

You may have heard about the Great North Bog over the past few months and wanted to find out more. The formal launch will take place in spring 2022, but the Peatland Pavilion at COP26 will be hosting an information session – Working Together for the Great North Bog –

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

Peak District study reveals depths of carbon stored in threatened landscapes

Tue 31 Aug 2021

With the UN Climate Conference (COP26) being held in Glasgow in two months’ time, a new study has found that 9 million tonnes of carbon are locked up in just 8,267 hectares of peatlands in Peak District moors in the United Kingdom.The recent study by Moors for the Future Partnership

Manchester-sized area of Peak District moorland holds 9 million tonnes of carbon

Fri 20 Aug 2021

A study has found that approximately 9 million tonnes of carbon is stored within the peat soils of the Bamford Catchment in the Peak District National Park.If all this carbon was emitted as carbon dioxide, it would be equivalent to greenhouse gas emissions from running 8 coal-fired power stations for

Interactive map illustrates 17 years of moorland restoration

Fri 13 Aug 2021

An interactive map showing 17 years of moorland restoration is now available to view.The Moor Mapping Project was commissioned by Natural England to provide an online map of all of upland restoration carried out in the Peak District National Park since 2003.The map is based on data from Moors for

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

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