Humberhead Peatlands Restoration
Thorne and Hatfield Moors National Nature Reserve make up the largest lowland peat bog in England. This project covers the continuing restoration work.
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.
Restoration of active peat formation over the bog
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.
Currently in the implementation phase of a Water Level Management Plan, involving instlling water management structures such as dams and bunds.
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)
Peat Habitats: Lowland raised bog
Project Type: Restoration, Management
Year Project Began: 2015
Project End Date: 2017