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Peat Bog Restoration Project

Britain’s biggest project to restore ancient bogland

In a project led by the Forestry Commission England, more than 1,000 hectares in the Border Mires, on the southern edge of the Kielder Forest, has been restored as part of a Government drive to improve Sites of Special Scientific Interest in England.

About 800,000 conifers were felled and 15 km (9.3 miles) of drains blocked to re-wet the land, and has seen a rise in the water table in the bogs. The work will ensure that important species which breed in the wetlands survive.

One of the best examples of a restored bog is Bellcrag Flow, an ombrotrophic (rain-fed) peat bog. It is noted for it's fine bog vegetation and insects, such as Sphagnum moss and dragonflies. Bellcrag Flow can be accessed from the Pennine Way, but please note that currently the boardwalk onto the bog is out of commission.

Last updated: 14th September 2016

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