Blanket bogs have been badly damaged over the past 200 years by atmospheric pollution, alongside other pressures such as moorland fires, erosion and localised overgrazing. These processes dry out the surface peat and change the vegetation, making it less suitable for breeding moorland birds, increasing the likelihood of flooding downstream, and inhibiting carbon storage potential. The National Trust is working with partners to restore their moorlands. For example, in Holcombe Moor in the West Pennine Moors, we are creating permeable dams, using excavation methods to create bunds and pools, and reintroducing Sphagnum moss in newly rewetted areas.
National Trust, Peak District National Park, United Utilities, Severn Trent, Environment Agency, Yorkshire Water, RSPB, Pennine Prospects, Natural England