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'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

Harvesting sphagnum from donor sites

Fri 02 Aug 2019

New evidence indicates that hummock-forming species of sphagnum moss recover from harvesting. The study by Moors for the Future Partnership, commissioned by Natural England, aimed to determine whether it is sustainable to harvest Sphagnum palustre from SSSI areas for translocation to nearby sites. It concluded that within five years a

Natural England awards grant to provide Building Blocks for a healthy moorland

Mon 29 Jul 2019

Moors for the Future Partnership has received a boost to its work to restore the moorlands of the South Pennines, including the Peak District National Park.It has been awarded a Water Environment Grant (WEG) of nearly £2 million by Natural England for its project: Building Blocks – Next Steps in

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

Moors for the Future Partnership tracks moor achievements with core partner

Mon 24 Jun 2019

Moors for the Future Partnership welcomed core partner, the Environment Agency, onto the moors of the Peak District National Park this month to take a closer look at the successes achieved as part of the partnership. During the site visit, the Partnership walked along the Cutthroat Track to Derwent Edge,

Spring 2019 MoorNEWS out now

Mon 17 Jun 2019

The Spring 2019 edition of our newsletter, MoorNEWS is available to read online now.You can find out more about the new fire awareness leaflet that we have produced and distributed in collaboration with Pennine Prospects, our biggest conservation works season, and our new projects - including the nearly £2 million

A joint wildlife monitoring quest to record Moor Bats

Thu 13 Jun 2019

Moors for the Future Partnership has embarked on a programme of joint monitoring with the Derbyshire Bat Group. This is a first, as the Partnership has never monitored bats within wildlife monitoring programmes.Derbyshire Bat Group has provided a passive detector, security box, memory cards and batteries. Throughout summer and autumn,

‘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

Peak District landowner reviving woodland in Hope Valley

Tue 23 Apr 2019

A landowner has created seven hectares of new upland woodland in the Hope Valley. The work – facilitated by the Moors for the Future Partnership’s Clough Woodlands Project and made possible by grants from Natural England, the Forestry Commission and the Woodland Trust – includes the planting of over 11,500

Coldhouse Collective announces support for the Moors for the Future Partnership

Mon 15 Apr 2019

Sheffield-based filmmakers Coldhouse Collective have announced a new relationship with the Moors for the Future Partnership, an initiative that is working to regenerate and protect uplands across the South Pennines and the Peak District National Park.250 years of industrial pollution, wildfire and flooding has stripped the uplands of its carpet

Volunteering opportunity: Research Support Volunteer

Wed 10 Apr 2019

Our Youth Engagement Officer, Jackie Wragg, is seeking volunteers that are interested in developing academic level research skills by supporting a social research project.This opportunity is an ongoing commitment of a flexible nature.Please see the role description below for more details or email Jackie for more info: Role Title:

Looking back on an award-winning year for peatland conservation

Mon 18 Mar 2019

Howling wind and freezing fingers, baking sun and sunburnt faces; just some of the extreme weather events that hardy volunteers expect as they head out onto remote moorland across the Peak District and South Pennines to monitor changes in the blanket bog habitat.You can read more about how these dedicated

A peatland-tailored User Guide on methods to value benefits from restoration

Thu 07 Mar 2019

We've helped to develop a guide for peatland restoration practitioners and anyone interested in peatlands to value the socio-economic benefits of their restoration. The ‘User Guide’ was developed as part of the Yorkshire integrated Catchment Solutions Programme (iCASP) together with Yorkshire Peat Partnership (YPP) and the University of Leeds.This interactive

Celebrating our 15th year

Thu 07 Mar 2019

We've celebrated the Partnership's anniversary in style We wanted to plan a special year for our 15th anniversary. After all, this Partnership has a lot to be proud of in just 15 years. So we decided to hold or participate in 15 events throughout our 15th year. Many of the

A big bog season: quarterly conservation update

Thu 07 Mar 2019

Our biggest season yet This season is our biggest ever for conservation works and whilst there is still much to do, the impressive numbers thus far continue to fly in. These numbers are from the last quarter of 2018.Nearly 10,000 bags of heather brash have been flown by helicopter onto

Caring for the hills protects us from flooding, says new research

Wed 16 Jan 2019

A restoration scheme on the hills of the Peak District has the potential to reduce the level of flood risk to the towns and villages below, according to researchers. Professors Tim Allott and Martin Evans and Dr Emma Shuttleworth, from The University of Manchester, say measures taken by conservation group

Final edition of Community Scientist out now

Thu 20 Dec 2018

The final edition of Community Scientist newsletter is now available to read.With the Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) phase of the Community Science project drawing to a close at the end of this year, now is a good time to look back and celebrate the project's successes so far. However –

New film ‘The Carbon Farmer’ paints a bright future for UK Peatland conservation, agriculture and climate action

Thu 13 Dec 2018

In their current state the UK’s peatlands are a source of around 20 million tonnes of CO2 (equivalent) per year – this is the same as the yearly emissions from electricity use in two and a half million homes. A new short film premiers possibilities for achieving a brighter carbon

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