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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

New visitor experience helps fight climate change in the Peak District National Park

Wed 14 Nov 2018

Visitors to the Peak District National Park will be doing their bit to help combat climate change by heading off the beaten track to plant vital sphagnum moss on the majestic moors in a new hands-on ‘build a bog’ experience.On an exclusive guided walk with Moors for the Future Partnership,

Building bogs: conservation quarterly roundup

Thu 01 Nov 2018

Building Bogs Some of the highpoints include the airlifting and spreading of 391 bags of chopped heather cuttings onto bare peat, the spreading of lime, seed and fertiliser via helicopter across 139 hectares, the installation of 1135 gully blocks (or dams), and the planting of sphagnum onto 144 hectares of

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

A brand new adventure: a chat with volunteer Tom Helliwell

Fri 19 Oct 2018

Tom Helliwell had worked behind a desk his entire life. When he was made redundant, he took it as an opportunity to do something radically different.“I used to go camping in Edale when I was a little lad, but once I’d grown up and life got busier and busier, visiting

Full steam ahead to conserve Peak District moors for years to come

Wed 17 Oct 2018

In the deep underbelly of vast, open moors in the heart of the Peak District National Park, a fundamental passageway connecting countryside with city is steaming by a notable anniversary this year.The 125 year old Cowburn Tunnel houses a two mile-long railway line that lies underneath Kinder Scout’s adjacent hill,

Are blanket bogs VIP enough for a House of Commons reception? Of course they are!

Fri 28 Sep 2018

The sun shone and the sphagnum moss made it through security as collaborators and new companions of Moors for the Partnership came together in London to celebrate and showcase partnership work. Severn Trent Water hosted a reception in the Members Dining Room of the House of Commons on behalf of

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

The wandering wader watcher: a chat with Kevin Shepherd

Tue 21 Aug 2018

If you’re a frequent visitor to the world of birds, you may have heard of Kevin Shepherd before. He’s one half of the duo that devised the ‘Brown and Shepherd’ Upland Bird Survey technique back in the 1990s as a way to find out what birds lived on the moors.

Summer 2018 MoorNEWS out now

Wed 15 Aug 2018

The Summer 2018 edition of our newsletter, MoorNEWS is available to read online now.You can find out more about the summer moorland wildfires, the latest conservation works taking place, and read some staff stories.Read it online.

Longstanding Peak District volunteer on fire-fighting frontline

Fri 27 Jul 2018

The embers of burning flames that have ripped across the moorlands of the Peak District National Park and South Pennines throughout June and July are now in-hand, with fire crews and volunteers gradually stepping down for a very well deserved rest.As conservation staff start to assess the scale of the

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

Working in wild places: a chat with Tony Rogers

Fri 20 Jul 2018

20 July 2018“I love the South Pennines and Peak District moors. Even on the coldest, wettest days when the wind is howling, they are still magic places. The moors want you to know who’s in charge and it’s always them” says Tony Rogers, a Moors for the Future Partnership research

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

Operation FireWatch underway in the Peak District National Park

Fri 29 Jun 2018

The Peak District National Park Authority has implemented Operation FireWatch in collaboration with the Moors for the Future Partnership.Staff from the National Park, partner organisations and volunteers are in place at moorland vantage points throughout the National Park to look out for fires.The hot, dry weather means that ground conditions

Going the extra (10) miles to heal the landscapes you love

Tue 19 Jun 2018

Going the extra (10) miles to heal the landscapes you lovePeak District National Park staff are going the extra mile to raise money for vital conservation work in the Peak District.Bog of DoomSounding like something out of the Lord of the Rings, the ‘Bog of Doom’ on Cut Gate bridleway

Spring 2018 MoorNEWS out now

Thu 17 May 2018

The Spring 2018 edition of our newsletter, MoorNEWS is available to read online now.You can find out more about our conservation work, planting sphagnum moss on Kinder, and a new £7 million government grant.Read it online.You can also sign up to receive future copies straight to your inbox.

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