The 5 year project aims to protect remaining active blanket bog in the South Pennines Special Area of Conservation.
Conservation works to protect blanket bog in the South Pennines SAC will include bare peat stabilisation works, raising water tables and improving water quality by blocking erosion gullies, re-introduction of native shrubs, managing invasive species, and increasing the diversity of and amount of Sphagnum moss.
Monitoring works will include producing a baseline land cover map, monitoring biodiversity and ecosystem services and wider landscape scale changes in vegetation cover. Socio-economic impacts and benefits to moorland users including visitors, businesses, agricultural and land management will also be part of the monitoring activities.
A programme of engagement activities will include working with land owners and managers, engaging with urban and rural communities using a travelling Bogtastic van and working on wildfire awareness by building on our Be Fire Aware Campaign. Engagement with young people will be achieved by working with youth groups and setting up a Junior MoorLIFE 2020 ranger group.
MoorLIFE 2020 is hosted and managed by the Peak District National Park and will be delivered by the Peak District National Park Authority, National Trust, RSPB and Pennine Prospects.
The €16 million project will receive €12 million funding from the EU LIFE programme, the largest ever award to a UK nature conservation project. It is co-financed by Severn Trent Water, Yorkshire Water and United Utilities.
Find out more:
- News - Largest award ever given by EU LIFE Programme to a UK conservation project
- Download the project summary
- Find our more about the LIFE Programme and the Natura 2000 network
- Download the Upland Management Group Restoration Strategy for England