Rishworth Common (MoorLIFE Project)

Introduction

Rishworth Common, which includes Rishworth and Moss Moor, sits within the South Pennine Moors SSSI. Covering 1727 ha, it is largely blanket bog, which had been degraded as a result of wild fire and atmospheric pollution.

The site is owned by Yorkshire Water.

Project Aims

Restoration delivered through the MoorLIFE Project included:

  • 2,000 bags of heather brash helicoptered onto site and spread
  • Half a kilometre of geotextiles used to stabilise bare peat and prevent further erosion
  • 860 tonnes of lime spread to temporarily reduce soil acidity and enable nursery crops of grass and heather seed to kickstart the revegetation process and stabilise the soil
  • Planting of over 28,000 plug plants including native bilberry and cottongrass
  • 570 million Sphagnum fragments spread and 3240 Spahgnum plug plants introduced.

Biodiversity

Birds of European importance here include the dunlin, snipe, curlew and twite, which breed and feed on Rishworth Common.

The curlew overwinters in Morecambe Bay and then flies inland to breed.

MoorLIFE Project

The MoorLIFE project was made possible by a £5.5m grant from the European Union’s LIFE+ programme. 

MoorLIFE’s scale and success is very much the result of partnership working. The project was co-ordinated by the Peak District National Park, delivered by Moors for the Future Partnership and co-funded by the European Commission’s Life+ Programme. Partners included Environment Agency, Natural England, National Trust, United Utilities and Yorkshire Water.

{"zoom":11,"lat":53.6277859,"lon":-1.9923308,"markers":{"0":{"lat":53.659936,"lon":-1.977718}}}

Project Name: Rishworth Common (MoorLIFE Project)

Organisation / Lead partner: Moors for the Future Partnership

Location: Peak District National Park

Approximate area covered: 1727 ha

Conservation Status: Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Predominately: Upland

Peat Habitats: Blanket bog

Project Type: Restoration, Management, Research

Year Project Began: 2010

Project End Date: 2015

    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…