Geltsdale Reserve

Restoration Delivered

Peatland restoration on site has included drain blocking to raise water levels and restore bog-forming vegetation. RSPB has also reduced sheep grazing and heather burning (replaced with heather cutting). This has resulted in increased species diversity, including Sphagnum spp.


Project Name: Geltsdale Reserve

Organisation / Lead partner: RSPB

Location: Brampton, Cumbria

Approximate area covered: 1000 ha

Conservation Status: Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Special Area of Conservation (SAC), Special Protection Area (SPA), Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Natura 2000

Predominately: Upland

Peat Habitats: Blanket bog

Project Type: Management

Year Project Began: 1977