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AONB: Forest of Bowland

Priority Peat

After current programmes are completed, 4,000ha of peatland will have been restored in the Forest of Bowland through the work of the team. The internationally important habitat supports breeding upland birds, including hen harrier, peregrine, merlin, short-eared owl, curlew and ring ouzel.

Following an audit by the AONB team and the Environment Agency, the habitat restoration involved actions to revegetate bare peat and restore the hydrology of the blanket bog, and includes grip and gully blocking, interception of overland flow and application of spaghnum moss-rich brash to re-establish bog-forming vegetation and reduce erosion and loss of peat.