We want to see a rich mix of plants on the moors, so that a wider variety of wildlife can thrive. Along with our partners Moors for the Future, we've been cutting patches of heather on Nether Hey in the Upper Derwent Valley and planting thousands of sphagnum moss plug plants instead. The sphagnum moss helps to rebuild the peat soil on the moors and is also really good at absorbing water, which in turn helps to keep the moors wetter and provide a healthier wildlife habitat. National Trust staff and volunteers from across the Peak District and from a wide range of jobs came out to help over four days in March. A variety of moss application techniques will be tried out this year to see which is most effective. This work has been carried out as part of the Moors for the Future MoorLife 2020 project.
50 year Vision for the High Peak Moors
07 Apr 17
More sphagnum moss with MoorLife2020
31 Mar 17
High Peak Woodland Clough Project
More trees in the cloughs Creating a richer habitat for woodland birds and other wildlife is an important part of our vision. We have spent autumn and winter over the last 3 years planting 100 000 trees in the cloughs below the High Peak moors. The funding for this came from the English Woodland Grant Scheme. Why plant them in winter? Trees are dormant in winter and are best being in the ground ready for the start of spring, so they can make the most of the growing season. Fencing has been installed around the newly planted areas to protect the tree whips from sheep and rabbits.Now that spring is here, the planting and fencing has stopped to minimise disturbance to nesting birds.
28 Mar 17
Kinder gully blocking work stops for the birds.
April heralds nesting time for moorland birds, so it's important to cause minimum disturbance until September, after they have fledged their nests. The last of this season's gully blocks on Kinder was hammered in at the end of March. This work has been funded by a Higher Level Stewardship grant. The gully blocks will help to keep the water level stable on the plateau and reduce erosion of peat, allowing soil to build, vegetation to flourish and more wildlife to move in. It'll also help to stop flooding around rivers lower in the catchment as it slows rainwater running off the moors and will keep your water cleaner as it flows into the reservoirs below.