Through its Peatland Programme, the North Pennines AONB Partnership is working at many different levels to try and positively influence land management practice and policy.
We are doing this in an number of ways:
- Providing local advice and support on peatland restoration to over 100 land managers through site visits, surveys and training events.
- Sharing our work with other peatland restoration projects across the UK. We have hosted visiting parties from Northern Ireland, northern Scotland and south west England during recent years.
- Helping to stimulate appropriate national and international policy development through our support of the IUCN UK Peatland Programme including hosting an event that brought land managers, conservationists and policy makers together on a blanket bog. This led to a new, simple and straightforward Field Studies Council guide to Sphagnum Mosses in Bogs.
- Working with colleagues and others to prevent inappropriate development on our peatlands, including improved guidance on moorland tracks.
- With Natural England and the Moorland Association we are coordinating a scientific experiment to test the effects of new designs of track materials across blanket peat. You can read more on the project page.
For more information on our best practice development, please see the film below: