Peatland restoration projects in the Cairngorms National Park

October 20, 2017

Following several months of intense project development, six projects are about to start at the end of October in the Cairngorms National Park.

This autumn and early winter (if the weather holds!) work will start on restoring 532 hectares of degraded blanket bog, all on upland sites extending from 500 metres to 875 metres. The work is targeting eroded gullies, peat hags and areas of bare peat along with a small amount of moorland grips. The presence of Golden eagles on a number of sites is one of many issues that have required careful planning and discussion.

With financial support from Peatland Action, there are five estates involved: Invercauld (photo ofl eft), Glenfeshie (photo on right), Mar, Candacraig and Abernethy as well as a number of sporting tenants. Contractors have been appointed for three of the projects and we are hoping to finalise work for the other three. There is unprecedented interest in peatland restoration now in the National Park. Mapping degraded peatland habitats using aerial photography has identified over 35,000 hectares of work on just 10 estates, with an estimated 60,000 hectares still to map. Stephen Corcoran, the Peatland Action Project Officer, has no shortage of potential projects!

Invercauld Project Site - Credit Stephen CorcoranGlenfeshie Estate - Credit Stephen Corcoran

Cors Fochno Credit Drew Buckley Photography
Conference 2022 - Registration Opening SoonOpen Soon - registration & call for content contributions
Peatland Code version 1.2
New version of the Peatland Code launchedAn update to the Peatland Code, including a separate guidance document, is now available.
IUCN UK Peatland Programme Newsletter: Winter Edition 2022
IUCN UK Peatland Programme Newsletter: Winter Edition 2022Read the latest IUCN UK Peatland Programme newsletter.
Peat-free image
Peat-free Horticulture – A reality and an opportunityWe have reached a key moment for bringing about a transition in the way we garden and supply…
PC Projects Feb 22
An update on the Peatland CodeThe Peatland Code continues to grow rapidly with 79 projects now registered and 10,300 ha of…
The new CNPA Peatland ACTION team
Unlocking contractor capacity to lock up carbon in the CairngormsThe Cairngorms National Park Authority’s (CNPA) Peatland ACTION Officers have facilitated over 2,…
Moors for the Future Partnership: Cleaner water video
Moors for the Future Partnership presents: Blanket bogs are worth protecting video seriesMoors for the Future Partnership has developed five videos to help people understand the multiple…
Restoration works at East Gill in Nidderdale
Yorkshire Peat Partnership celebrates another successful yearAs Yorkshire Peat Partnership (YPP) heads into the new restoration season, they take a moment to…
The Peatlands of Britain and Ireland: World Wetlands Day
World Wetlands Day 2022: 'The Peatlands of Britain and Ireland' launched as e-bookTo celebrate World Wetlands Day 2022, 'The Peatlands of Britain and Ireland' by the IUCN UK…
South West Peatland Partnership vacancies
South West Peatland Partnership job vacanciesThe South West Peatland Partnership (Exeter, Devon) have 8 job vacancies available to support their…
UNFCCC COP26
Reflections from the UNFCCC COP26 Peatland PavilionThe first COP26 Peatland Pavilion stood out as one of only a handful of thematic pavilions and one…
The Peatlands of Britain and Ireland cover
'The Peatlands of Britain and Ireland' by Clifton BainThe IUCN UK Peatland Programme's Clifton Bain completes his trilogy with this look at the Peatlands…