Closeup of Sphagnum palustre

Sphagnum palustre © Tessa Levens

Yorkshire Peat Partnership

Rewet, replant, restore.

Read about our progress in our latest annual report on our resources page.


Image of Sphagnum papillosum © Emma Goodyer

Sphagnum papillosum © Emma Goodyer

We are restoring peatlands in the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks and Nidderdale National Landscape.

Peat forms in waterlogged, acidic conditions and is made up of the remains of plants such as sphagnum moss and cottongrass. Because of the conditions, when those plants die, they do not decompose fully and instead become peat. Peatlands are wetland landscapes characterised by saturated organic soils made of these dead and decaying plants. There are three major peatland habitats in the UK: blanket bog, lowland raised mire, and fen. We are working on blanket bog.

Bog plants growing in a pool formed by a peat bund

Peat bund © Jenny Sharman

Bog blog

Explore blanket bog, the Cinderella habitat, through blog posts from our colleagues and partners...

Bog blog

Listen to us talking about our work...


Three volunteers planting sphagnum, Ingleborough in the distance

Volunteers planting sphagnum © Jenny Sharman

Blanket bog is an ombrotrophic peatland habitat - that means it depends on rain, snow, hail and fog for all of its nutrients. You can find out about the amazing places and beautiful species we work in and around on our habitats and species page.

Habitats and species

We estimate there are approximately 94,220 hectares of peatland in North Yorkshire's uplands and that around 80% of that has been damaged in some way.

Aerial shot of coir logs forming bunds on areas of bare peat

Coir logs from the air © Aaron de Raat

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