Exmoor Mires Partnership's Story
Peatland restoration has been underway on Exmoor for over 20 years to reverse the damage caused by historic drainage and reclamation. Since 1998, a total of over 2,600 hectares has been restored. The work has been led by the Exmoor Mires Partnership, on land owned by Exmoor National Park Authority, and several private landowners.
One of the areas recently restored is 40 hectares on South Regis common. Peat cuttings and ditches were blocked and bunds created to capture water, protect the peatland edge and restore a more natural hydro-ecological system. Willow bundles were planted in gullies and water flow pathways to slow flows, capture sediments and create a wet scrub/woodland habitat. Over time, this peatland restoration will support nature recovery, improve water quality through reducing sediments entering the rivers, reduce flood risk, and help to capture carbon.
Useful Learnings from the Exmoor Mires Partnership
Partnership working is key to delivery and holistic approach. The Exmoor Mires Partnership now includes representatives from all of the groups concerned with managing moorlands.
The governance and decision making of the Exmoor Mires Partnership is now firmly in the hands of the moorland stakeholders and this has resulted in significant changes on the ground. Don't work in isolation, ie think about ecology, farming, archaeology, and the economy all together.