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Humberhead Peatlands restoration LIFE+ project

Find out how LIFE+ EU funding is helping Natural England and partners to restore the Humberhead Peatlands.


Restoring the Humberhead Peatlands: project leaflet

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The EU’s LIFE+ programme awarded Natural England a grant of £2.3 million for the Humberhead Peatlands restoration LIFE+ project. The Doncaster East Internal Drainage Board added £1.9 million to the project. There was also a contribution from Natural England.

This funding will be used over 3 years to:

  • increase the area of peat bog habitat under active restoration
  • improve rare habitats which support sensitive wildlife and plants, for example nightjar, hobby, cotton grasses, bog mosses and wild cranberries
  • support research and monitoring of the bog’s bird and insect populations

Work to restore the peatlands will also have wider benefits. These include:

  • a reduced risk of flooding as a greater volume of water will be stored
  • an increased level of carbon dioxide being absorbed from the atmosphere, which will help prevent climate change

See the Humberhead Peatlands website for full details of the project.

Further information

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Support from the European Union’s LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity programme
Published 27 January 2015
Last updated 15 September 2016 + show all updates
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