Protecting our peatlands

Drained rushy mire in Upper Wharfedale © Katherine Hearn

Drained rushy mire in Upper Wharfedale

Peatlands for the Future
Peatlands in Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Powys

We’re restoring many of our peatland sites, and have been helped by Biffaward’s ‘Peatlands for the Future’ project which supported the restoration, management and protection of 15 percent of our peatland.

Biffaward provided around £500,000 to reverse declines in condition and create good, wet, growing peat. With the money we were able to:

  • re-seed bare areas of peat with cotton-grass plants
  • block drains ('grips') and eroded gullies to reduce peat erosion and restore water levels
  • cut firebreaks, manage gorse and bracken, and alert people to the damaging effects of fire
  • lightly graze areas for conservation
  • survey the peat to understand its water-sustaining conditions and qualities

Read our latest project reports.

Where did Peatlands for the Future make a difference?
The project enabled us to re-vegetate, restore peat and manage erosion at four significant blanket bog, heath and fen sites:

Most of the sites are nationally and internationally important for wildlife, designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and/or Special Protection Area (SPA). These sites have Priority Habitats in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan:

  • Blanket Bog (at Abergwesyn, Upper Wharfedale and Kinder Scout)
  • Raised Bog (at Malham)
  • Upland Heathland, which includes wet heath on peaty soil (at Abergwesyn and Kinder Scout)
  • Fen (at Abergwesyn and Malham)

Our work also benefited the lake habitat at Malham, the habitat of the River Wharfe at Upper Wharfedale, and the wet woodlands and oak woodlands around Abergwesyn.