More peat restoration work to do

One of the plants that indicate a healthy peat bog © Robin Sutton

One of the plants that indicate a healthy peat bog

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.

Working with Natural England, we have been working to improve the condition of the peat habitats, we can already see species such bog asphodel, cowberry and bog rosemary making a real come-back. On the Malham Tarn National Nature Reserve we have also noticed a decrease in the common heather which prefers drier conditions and an increase in cross-leaved heath, indicating that the peat bog is getting wetter, a sure sign of a healthy peat bog.

As part of the Biffaward grant we have also commissioned an eco-hydrological survey of the whole of the water catchment surrounding Malham Tarn and its associated wetland habitats. This is proving invaluable in helping us to prioritise how we manage these internationally important wetlands as well as helping us to plan for and monitor changes that may impact on the site as a result of climate change.