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Yorkshire Peat Partnership

Sphagnum with spores © Lizzie Shepherd

Yorkshire Peat Partnership

 Yorkshire Peat Partnership is restoring peatlands in the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and northern parts of the South Pennines.

Sundew and sphagnum © Lizzie Shepherd

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.

Coir logs controlling water flow in gullies © Lizzie Shepherd

Bog blog

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

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.

YPP and volunteers carrying sphagnum © Ben Queenborough

We estimate there are around 70,000 hectares of blanket bog in Yorkshire and that around 80% of Yorkshire's blanket bog is damaged in some way.

Give Peat a Chance

Oughtershaw © Alistair Lockett

You can hear us talking about our work over on our bogcasts page.