As a result of now four years of dedicated events and training is a new understanding of the peat-forming bog mosses of the Peak District and South Pennines moorlands. This region was described in the 1980s as ‘something of a sphagnum desert’ as gross air pollution (to which the bog mosses are very sensitive) had caused their almost total decline. However, nowadays with reduced air pollution and careful management by bodies such as the Moors for the Future Partnership, the mosses are making a remarkable recovery. Our citizen science projects are demonstrating a recovery with areas of bare peat bog re-wetting and covering over, plus the return of a diversity of bog moss species (anything from 15 to 20 species). These recovering species include the most important of all – the active peat bog formers – mopping up atmospheric carbon dioxide and holding back potential flood waters – so delivering important ‘ecosystem services’ and even economic benefits.
For the Public - ‘Meet the Bog Mosses’: following successful days last year, you are invited to join us again to ‘meet the bog mosses’. Visit the project page for details, downloads and booking: Meet the Bog Mosses