Malham Tarn Peat Project Part 1
Why is peat so important?
Thanks to a recent grant from Biffaward we currently have several exciting projects in progress focussing on the restoration of peat in the Yorkshire Dales. Find out why is peat so important.
Malham Tarn Peat Cliff Project
When Lord Ribblesdale raised the water level of Malham Tarn in 1791 by approximately 1m to increase the area available for fishing, he unwittingly caused serious damage to the area of raised peat bog on the northern shore of the tarn, which we are now trying to address.
Malham Tarn Peat Project Part 2
Malham Tarn Grip Blocking Project
In addition to the work on the peat cliff, we are also blocking the drainage channels (known as grips) on the Malham Tarn National Nature Reserve, which will help peat to gradually start to reform.
More peat restoration work to do
We are trying to reduce the wave action against the peat cliff and damming the drainage channels on the reserve, but there is still much more that needs to be done.