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Cumbria BogLIFE project

Find out how LIFE+ EU funding is helping Natural England to restore lowland raised bog at Bolton Fell Moss, South Solway Mosses and Roudsea Wood and Mosses.

Documents

Cumbria BogLIFE project leaflet

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'The Sundew': Bolton Fell Moss winter 2017 issue

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'The Sundew': Roundsea Woods and Mosses winter 2017 issue

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'The Sundew': South Solway Mosses winter 2017 issue

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'The Sundew': Cumbria BogLIFE community newsletter

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BogLIFE project technical newsletter: issue 5 autumn 2017

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BogLIFE project technical newsletter: issue 4 summer 2017

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BogLIFE project technical newsletter: issue 3 November 2016

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BogLIFE project technical newsletter: issue 2 spring 2016

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BogLIFE project technical newsletter: issue 1 autumn 2015

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Conference proceedings: Cumbria BogLIFE ‘Restoring Peatlands’, 4 to 6 October 2016, Penrith

Details

The EU’s LIFE+ programme awarded Natural England a grant of £2.5 million for the Cumbrian Bogs LIFE+ project. This funding will be used over 5 years to:

  • restore 507 hectares of damaged lowland raised bog within 3 sites in Cumbria:
    • Bolton Fell Moss Site of Community Importance
    • South Solway Mosses Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
    • Roudsea Wood and Mosses SAC
  • use the sites to demonstrate a range of restoration techniques to managers of similar habitats and to wider audiences
  • monitor the recovery process and share best practice guidance about the restoration techniques
  • raise awareness about the importance and value of the sites and lowland raised bog habitats through:
    • events
    • education programmes
    • newsletters
    • website and social media
    • mid-term and end of project conferences

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Natural England have provided an additional 50% of match funding.

Background

Lowland raised bogs are one of the one of the rarest wildlife habitats in the world. This habitat is very important for biodiversity and for its critical role in carbon storage. The aim is to reduce past damage from:

  • woodland
  • scrub invasion
  • invasive species
  • peat extraction
  • land drainage for agriculture

Contact

Email: tony.devos@naturalengland.org.uk

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Published 2 February 2015
Last updated 16 November 2016 + show all updates
  1. Added latest edition of BogLIFE technical newsletter (issue 3).
  2. Added the BogLIFE community newsletter.
  3. Issue 2 of BogLIFE newsletter published.
  4. First published.