Grant of £2.3m for moors bog conservation work

David Hill.
David Hill.

Essential conservation management work on a precious lowland raised bog habitat in Thorne has been secured thanks to funding of £2.3m from the European Union.

Natural England is implementing restoration work on its Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserve (NNR) which is part of two internationally important sites - Thorne Moors Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and Hatfield Moors SAC – together the UK’s largest lowland raised bog complex.

The funding will extend the area of peatbog habitat under active restoration and will help provide a long-term future for the rare plants, birds and insects that have evolved to live on the unique wetlands habitat.

The grant will help to ensure that peat across the 28 square kilometres of the area is wet enough so that wildlife - including birds such as nightjar and hobby and specialist plants including cotton grasses, bog mosses and wild cranberries - can thrive. The project will also enable research and monitoring to be undertaken into the bog’s unique bird and insect populations which will help restoration projects elsewhere.