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AONB: Cornwall

Peatland Restoration

The blanket bogs and valley mires of Bodmin Moor are complex ecosystems that support diverse and unique ecology of national and international importance. 128ha of peatland have been restored on Bodmin Moor and 1600ha further hectares of restoration are planned across AONBs and National Parks in the South West. The Cornwall AONB Unit has been working in partnership with South West Water, supporting a successful £2 million bid to Defra for restoration work.

The moors of Bodmin, Dartmoor and Exmoor hold significant regional and national deposits of peat in the form of blanket bogs and valley mires. These wetland habitats are complex ecosystems that support diverse and unique ecology of national and international importance. The demise of such wetlands across extensive swathes of the moors has resulted in changes in the moorland ecology, including the loss of iconic species such as dunlin, golden plover and curlew. The challenge is to prevent further losses and halt the decline, while improving and restoring these habitats.