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The UKs research institutions have a long history and vast expertise in studying peatlands. The Peatland Programme aims to facilitate active exchange between the research community and policy and practice.
Below is a list of major UK research consortia. This list is not exclusive and open to development.
For more information and knowledge exchange on peatland research projects visit the UKPeatGeonetwork.
The RSPB's Forsinard Reserve is probably the largest area of Atlantic Blanket bog in the world. This 400,000ha blanket bog is one of the UK’s showcase peatlands of international importance. A partnership of statutory bodies, NGOs and private individuals have agreed a strategy to help restore damaged habitat, secure sustainable development and promote the benefits of a healthy peatland ecosystem. With the benefit of EU Life funding, large areas of drains have been blocked and plantation trees removed to help restore the peatland.
The LIFE Active Blanket Bogs in Wales Project has two project areas: the Berwyn and South Clywd Mountains SAC and the Migneint-Arenig-Dduallt SAC in mid-Wales. Within these areas, the main practical restoration activities have been carried out on the RSPB’s Lake Vyrnwy Reserve within the Berwyn SAC and on Forstery Commission managed land on the Migneint SAC. The project has also blocked drains on thirteen parcels of privately owned land: three on the Berwyn SAC and ten on the Migneint SAC including the National Trust owned Ysbyty Ifan Estate.
In total the project has directly benefited 5,944 ha of blanket bog: 2,949 ha at Lake Vyrnwy; 274 ha at Penaran; and 2,721 ha on privately owned land. This project is a partnership between the RSPB, Countryside Council for Wales, Environment Agency and Forestry Commission.
Since 2006, the Exmoor Mire Restoration Project has re-wetted 300ha of blanket bog by blocking up over 40km of drainage ditches and peat cuttings on Exmoor. The restoration work is set to continue for the next 5 years on Exmoor and Dartmoor in a new joint project called Mires-on-the-Moors. The partnership lead by South West Water has received permission from Ofwat in its Asset Management Plan (AMP5) to raise £3.8 million for the next 5 years from customers bills to fund the moorland catchment restoration work. This will benefit water supply and quality while also contributing to the storage of carbon (peat) and the enhancement of biodiversity in the moorlands.
Restoration of Dartmoors peatlands will be managed by the Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA) with the support of the Environment Agency, Duchy of Cornwall and Natural England which together make up the Action for Wildlife Partnership. The work will be carried out in close partnership with Dartmoor commoners recognising their unique skills and knowledge of the blanket bog, as well as the Ministry of Defence and other organisations.
Moors for the Future Partnership is a private-public upland partnership project to restore the Peak District moors in England. Past damage from land management and pollution has led to some of the worst erosion of a peatland in the UK with consequent losses to amenity recreation, sporting interests and water management companies. With over 10 million day visits made each year this popular area is now the focus for major restoration efforts to revegetate bare eroding peat surfaces.
Moors for the Future aims to raise awareness of why the moors are special and encourage responsible use and care of the landscape; restore and conserve important recreational and natural moorland resources; and develop expertise on how to protect and manage the moors sustainably. The project is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Peak District National Park Authority, United Utilities, Natural England, National Trust, Severn Trent Water, Sheffield City Council, Moorland Association, Derbyshire County Council and the Environment Agency.
Through its Peatscapes Project the North Pennines AONB Partnership aims to conserve and enhance internationally important peatland resources. The North Pennines contains 27% of England's blanket bog resource.
Peatscapes supports restoration and management work through the promotion of existing agri-environment and wildlife enhancement grants and through sourcing new additional funds. The Project aims to raise the level of understanding and appreciation of the significance of peatbogs to those living in, working in and visiting the area; promote best practice in practical management works; and support and disseminate research into peatland processes, ecology and management. In 2008/09 over 270 kilometres of moorland drains were blocked helping restore 1266ha blanket bog at a cost of around £300,000.
The Pumlumon Project is a multifunctional, landscape-scale conservation project covering 40,000ha of the Cambrian Mountain Range located in the Welsh counties of Montgomeryshire and Ceredigion, and hosted by the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust and the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. The project is a flagship of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts’ Living Landscape initiative which seeks to demonstrate how taking progressive approaches to managing ecosystems on a landscape-scale can deliver a sustainable future for both people and the ecosystems they inhabit.
In 2008-2010, a suite of pilot projects have been delivered including over 50ha of flood water management through 7km of grip (ditch) blocking, and 16ha of habitat restoration through cattle grazing, feeding into a successful direct marketing beef box scheme. These projects have been vital for demonstrating to local farmers the new land management techniques and financial opportunities essential to the ecosystems model, whilst also generating confidence in us to deliver on our word.
The Yorkshire region contains nearly 70,000 ha of upland peat which has been subject to drainage, extraction, grazing and recreational pressure, all of which have compounded the problem of peat erosion. The Yorkshire Peat Partnership aims to substantially increase the amount of peatlands restoration activity in the Yorkshire uplands through a combination of restoration, management and monitoring. The Partnership not only aims to restore and enhance peatlands but also to collect vital information through monitoring and research that may contribute to the development of peatland restoration science and guide future restoration techniques.
The working partnership consists of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Natural England, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and North York Moors National Park Authority with further support secured from the Environment Agency. The wider steering group consists of Moors for the Future, Pennine Prospects, National Trust, Nidderdale AONB and the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust.
Portmoak Moss is a 42ha site owned by the Woodland Trust Scotland and located near the village of Scotlandwell, Kinross-shire. The site lies close to the shores of Loch Leven and is one of the few remaining parts of complex of lowland raised bogs and wetlands that developed around the loch since the last ice age. Historically much of the site has been drained and worked for peat, although the centre of the original peat dome has remained intact, surrounded by an abrupt cutting face between 2 and 3m high. Core samples have indicated peat depths up to 6m in the centre of the dome.
Restoration work including ditch blocking, tree felling and prevention of scrub encroachment has been undertaken with grant funding obtained from SITA, SNH and FCS, help from the local community and in Partnership with the Scottish Wildlife Trust.
The Duddon Mosses is a series of raised bogs near Broughton-in-Furness in south Cumbria. Local climate is oceanic, with average summer maximum temperature of 19oC and winter maximum of 3oC. Annual precipitation is around 1400mm. The current extent of the site, 335 ha over 5 locations, is what remains of an original 6-8 km of continuous estuarine mire. The fen has all been drained and the bog edges cut away and current restoration work is focussed on conserving the remaining raised bog domes. Restoration work has been carried out by Natural England since the 1990s, mainly on the southern and largest area of bog.
There are a number of peatland policy initiatives and networks across the UK. The Peatland Programme aims to facilitate active exchange between the policy, practice and research communites.
Below is a list of key peatland policy initiatives and networks. Click on each to find out more.