Welcome to the Yorkshire Peat Partnership

Part of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Demo YPP photo.

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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Latest News

Winter 2013/14

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).

Trainees needed!

30/ 07/ 2013

YPP 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

Peatland Restoration Coordinator post available

21/ 06/ 2013

The Yorkshire Peat Partnership is recruiting for a Peatland Restoration Coordinator. More details here.

10,000 hectares of peatland restored!

23/ 05/ 2013

YPP and partners have achieved a significant restoration milestone; 10,000 hectares of peatland restored! Read all about it here.

Thesis exploring blanket bog management and its ecological impact

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.

Numbers are in!

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!

YPP and the University of Gloucestershire

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.

Leeds University and Natural England Workplace Cooperative a success

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.

Read the YPP Newsletter!

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!

Students and stakeholders; how to manage a moor?

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?

Tim Thom on the BBC

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.

YPP on BBC radio Leeds

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

Another busy year ahead

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.

Tim Thom talks about the S. Pennines

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

YPP on Radio York

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

Successful YPP monitoring season!

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.

University of York research update

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.

Two more sites surveyed!

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!  

Volunteers required

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. 

Research News

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.

 

Countryfile films YPP!

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!

YPP on Facebook

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

Restoring the North York Moors Part 2!

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.

Restoration work underway

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.

Conservationists call for urgent restoration of UK peatlands!

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.

Sustainability blog in the North York Moors films the Yorkshire Peat Partnership at work

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.

Thank you!

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.

 

Another survey underway

05/ 07/ 2011

Restoration Officers have begun surveying again in the Yorkshire Dales.

 

 

 

 


 

IUCN UK Peatlands Conference

20/ 06/ 2011

The YPP team attended the second annual IUCN UK Peatlands Conference in Stirling.

 

 

 

 

Restoration work - Winter 2011

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.

 

 

Steering Group

22/ 03/ 2011

The latest steering group meeting for the project was held in the Yorkshire Dales.

 

 

 

Over 3000 hectares surveyed this winter

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.

 

 

The Dalesman

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".