Welcome to the Yorkshire Peat Partnership
Part of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Who are we?
The Yorkshire Peat Partnership, or YPP, is an umbrella organisation comprising the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, Natural England, North York Moors National Park Authority, Yorkshire Water and the Environment Agency. It also receives support from Nidderdale AONB, Pennine Prospects, Environment Agency, National Trust, Moorland Association, National Farmers Union and Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust. The aim of the partnership is to restore and conserve upland peat resources in order to ensure the long-term future these unique and valuable habitats
The potential project area is vast, encompassing the uplands of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Nidderdale AONB, North York Moors National Park and areas of the South Pennines, North of the river Calder. Within the Yorkshire region alone there is nearly 70,000 ha of upland peat soil, upon which a staggering 4,350,000 m of grips (drainage channels) have been incised! There is a real and pressing need to undertake restoration in the Yorkshire region in order to protect these precious carbon sinks.
What do we do?
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21/ 02/ 2014
Another busy season for the YPP team! Find out more in this update or, for more regular updates on the project, 'Like' us on Facebook as Yorkshire Peat Partnership or follow us on Twitter @ypp_peat (links provided in this update).
30/ 07/ 2013YPP are looking for 2 trainees to assist the team with surveys and GIS. One will be more office-based using our mapping software and the other will be out in the field helping out with the surveys. Check the YWT website here to find out more: http://www.ywt.org.uk/how-you-can-help/volunteer/voluntary-trainee-vacancies
21/ 06/ 2013
The Yorkshire Peat Partnership is recruiting for a Peatland Restoration Coordinator. More details here.
23/ 05/ 2013
YPP and partners have achieved a significant restoration milestone; 10,000 hectares of peatland restored! Read all about it here.
15/ 04/ 2013
Elaine Archer has completed her MSc dissertation with the University of York entitled "Considering blanket bog heather management practices and their ecological and ecosystem services impact." Have a look.
12/ 04/ 2013
YPP have calculated how much work has been completed from the beginning of the project until now. Take a look at these numbers!
08/ 04/ 2013
Over the last 2 years YPP have been co-funding PhD research into palaeoecological techniques to inform mire and moorland conservation, find out more here.
28/ 03/ 2013
The Yorkshire Peat Partnership successfully supported research work as part of the Workplace Cooperative, a scheme to support student research with Leeds University Geography Department and Natural England.
18/ 03/ 2013
Have a look at our latest YPP Spring Newsletter. It should tell you all you need to know about YPP over the coming few months!
07/ 03/ 2013
The Yorkshire Peat Partnership successfully supported a stakeholder engagement workshop with Dr. Lucie Middlemiss from the Sustainability Research Unit at Leeds University. The day trip took place at Cray Moss, a National Trust site, the main research question that the day centred around was; What are the tensions and synergies between stakeholders associated with peatland restoration?
07/ 03/ 2013
Click here to see Tim Thom and Andrew Walker from Yorkshire Water on BBC Look North talking about the Yorkshire Water funded restoration work taking place in Nidderdale.
28/ 01/ 2013
Astrid from YPP enlightens us about lichens on BBC radio Leeds. These fascinating organisms thrive on upland peatlands, particularly Cladonia spp. Have a listen.....http://www.facebook.com/YorkshirePeatPartnership
28/ 01/ 2013
As always, YPP is very busy currently delivering 2012/13 ground works. Winter is our busiest time for restoration works and contractors are up on site blocking grips, reprofiling and revegetating. Click on the heading to see 2012/13 predicted works programme.
20/ 11/ 2012
Tim Thom talks about the damage and restoration on a Yorkshire Peat Partnership restoration site in the S. Pennines; have a read here
31/ 10/ 2012
Our very own Mark has been interviewed by Radio York about the the unmanned aerial flight over Cray Moss with the Science and Technology Facilities Council, a Natural Trust site in the Yorkshire Dales. Follow this link to our Facebook page to listen to the interview. http://www.facebook.com/YorkshirePeatPartnership
12/ 10/ 2012
YPP has successfully implemented restoration works monitoring in the Dales and the North York Moors. A volunteer workshop was held at Brimham Rocks in conjunction with Stephen Morley from the National Trust. Over 20 people attended and the day was successful. To date, 3 sites have been monitored by Astrid and Mark with the help of Pete and a dedicated few volunteers.
12/ 10/ 2012
The Defra project lead by the University of York and supported by YPP looking at the restoration of blanket bog vegetation for biodiversity, carbon sequestration and water regulation has had a successful field season. For more information visit the project website at; https://sites.google.com/a/york.ac.uk/peatlandesuk/home.
13/ 08/ 2012
Over the last few weeks the team has completed 2 more pre-restoration surveys in Nidderdale and Wharfedale. The area covered is over 2100 hectares which, in light of recent events, is equivalent to the size of nearly 9 Olympic Parks - if they were on steep hills and had areas of long heather to wade through!
17/ 05/ 2012
It's survey and monitoring time again. Shortly YPP will be out monitoring vegetation in the Dales, Nidderdale, and the North York Moors in relation to restoration works.
12/ 04/ 2012
With help from YPP the University of York has begun installing equipment for a large-scale research programme. The research sites include sites in the Yorkshire Dales, Nidderdale and the Forest of Bowland.
12/ 04/ 2012
A TV film crew have been out with presenter Tom Heap filming peatland restoration work for BBC Countryfile on a North York Moors restoration site on which the Yorkshire Peat Partnership are managing the restoration. We will let you know when it will be aired!
02/ 02/ 2012
YPP now has a Facebook page! There will be regular updates, peat-related news and photographs from the project.
You can find us here: www.facebook.com/YorkshirePeatPartnership
31/ 01/ 2012
Gareth Jenkins from the Sustainable North York Moors blog has filmed our restoration officer Peter Christopherson for the second installment about the restoration work taking place in the region.
14/ 12/ 2011
Hibernation isn’t an option for YPP! Winter is our busiest season as this is the time of year when, as well as surveying, we appoint contractors to do the restoration work on sites where surveys have been completed and Restoration Plans have been agreed.
Despite the wind and snow, peatland restoration work has begun on 3 sites over the last few weeks with at least 3 more sites due to have work started on them very soon.
08/ 12/ 2011
A recent article published in the Guardian website discusses the new report published by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The report warns that by losing just 5% of British peatlands would equal the UK's annual carbon emission and risk climate targets. Click here to read the report in full.
02/ 12/ 2011
Gareth Jenkins the creator of the Sustainable North York Moors blog has filmed Peter Christopherson our restoration officer for the North York Moors out on the moors talking about peatland restoration and the wider sustainability issues that peatland restoration addresses.
29/ 07/ 2011
A big thank you to all the volunteers that assisted with surveying this July. Restoration Officers have surveyed an area of moorland the size of around 5250 football pitches this month and all the help is much appreciated.
05/ 07/ 2011
Restoration Officers have begun surveying again in the Yorkshire Dales.
20/ 06/ 2011
The YPP team attended the second annual IUCN UK Peatlands Conference in Stirling.
24/ 03/ 2011
YPP grip blocking, gully blocking and bare peat restoration has all taken place this winter in the Yorkshire Dales, Nidderdale and the North York Moors.
22/ 03/ 2011
The latest steering group meeting for the project was held in the Yorkshire Dales.
14/ 03/ 2011
YPP staff have made the most of the (mostly) snow-free winter months of 2011 and have surveyed over 3000 hectares of moorland between January and March.
01/ 10/ 2010
The October edition of The Yorkshire Dalesman contained a 4 page article on the work of the Yorkshire Peat Partnership entitled "Restoring our vital Peatlands".