Humberhead Peatlands Restoration

Introduction

Thorne and Hatfield Moors National Nature Reserve make up the largest lowland peat bog in England. This project covers the continuing restoration work.

Description

The site consists of two seperate bogs, about 5 km apart, and covering a total of 2800 ha. The sites are surrounded by intensively drained farmland, some on what was previously bog, and have been extensively cut over for peat.

Project Aims

Restoration of active peat formation over the bog

Restoration Delivered

Initial phase of ditch blocking and damming 1994, several phases of limited bund creation 1997-2005, major restoration effort creating large network of bunded cells and instilation of dams 2005-2007, ongoing programmes of scrub removal throughout and since.

Site Activity

Currently in the implementation phase of a Water Level Management Plan, involving instlling water management structures such as dams and bunds.

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Project Name: Humberhead Peatlands Restoration

Organisation / Lead partner: Natural England

Approximate area covered: 2887 ha

Conservation Status: Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), National Nature Reserves(NNR)

Predominately: Upland

Peat Habitats: Lowland raised bog

Project Type: Restoration, Management

Year Project Began: 2015

Project End Date: 2017

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