Moor Peat – more wildlife and stored carbon…

With our Peatlands Policy now written and available to view, we are looking forward to launching our Peatlands Campaign, #MoorPeat next month. The Yorkshire Dales peatlands cover 42% of the National Park and are nationally and internationally important for their fauna, flora and for their carbon – stored in the form of peat. It has been estimated that a 30cm layer of peat stores at least the same amount of carbon as tropical rainforest over an equivalent area. The moorlands and peatlands also support a wide range of plants and animals, including iconic species such as curlew and golden plover. Despite widespread agreement that action needs to be taken to protect and restore our heavily degraded peatlands, there is still much to be done both practically, legally and behaviourally. As part of our campaign launch we have organised two special events to help you to learn more about peat and the wildlife it sustains, as well as offering a unique opportunity to get out into the moorland to see the degradation first hand – and most importantly, the restoration work that is being undertaken. Take a look at our events page to find out more!