The Peak District
|The ascent of Kinder Scout|
|Revegetated ground - top of Kinder Scout|
Sphagnum Moss requires wet conditions to grow successfully and this is difficult to achieve on top of hills. However, the project team reckon that high rainfall can provide good conditions for sphagnum, even where the water table is well below the surface.
The cost of all the restoration work is high (about £12,000 per ha), but the stability of this important area of peat is increasing so that it will stay there long term and not succumb to the combined forces of gravity and erosion by wind and water.
While chairman of this group, I would like to see the Group tackle how to improve the coverage of sphagnum mosses on areas, which are not so critical, and where there is no big funding pot. The importance of the sphagnum message needs to be demonstrated to land managers, so that they can improve the conditions as part of their normal management. Tell them clearly what is required and there is a chance it can be achieved; if they do not know the requirement, there is no chance.
|The USF on Keighley Moor|
The driver for YW is water quality and their emphasis has been on raising the water table by blocking grips and revegetating bare peat. To YW's credit they have taken the grouse and farm enterprises with them, and all are enthused by the work. The gamekeeper, farmer and area officer for Natural England joined the visit and it was great to see everyone working towards a common goal. This is an example of the Natural England Outcomes Approach working in practice. More please!