Since the Yorkshire Peat Partnership began in 2009, the methods we have used for peatland restoration have constantly refined as we discover techniques that work, or don’t work, particularly well. We take into account new research and successful or innovative methods used by similar projects in other regions. The restoration techniques outlined on these pages are those that we currently use.

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Even within Yorkshire’s uplands, every peatland is slightly different. Most have come under varying degrees of pressures from drainage, fire, livestock and exposure to the elements which has led to differing types and extents of erosion.

In order to determine the best techniques to restore each area of peatland, a detailed survey is carried out on every site prior to restoration. All grips, gullies, peat hags, bare peat and any complex dendritic areas are quantified. Vegetation communities and peat depths are also recorded. This provides YPP with a solid basis for guidance on the most appropriate restoration techniques and provides base-line data for monitoring.

The results of the field survey and GIS analysis are written into a Restoration Plan which gives the quantities of erosion and our recommendations for methods to restore the area. Information on each type of erosion and details of how the Yorkshire Peat Partnership restores them can ben found on the pages within this section.