DARLEY DALE: Talk on projects and achievements of Moors for the Future Partnership

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Wye and Upper Derwent Group of the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s next talk, which is the last of its current season, is very much on a local topic. Matt Buckler, Conservation Works Manager for the Moors for the Future Partnership, will be coming to update the trust about their latest projects and achievements.

Anyone who has walked on Kinder Scout over the years will know of the erosion problems which were there. The general problems on the moors were so great that it was decided that a partnership was needed to deal with the situation. The partnership which includes both local bodies such as the Peak District National Park and United Utilities, and national bodies such as Natural England, now leads one of the largest moorland conservation projects in Europe.

It will be 10 years old this year and employs 20 full time and 60 casual and volunteer workers. The partnership’s aims are to raise awareness of why the moors are valuable and encourage responsible use and care, to restore and conserve the natural moorland resources and to develop expertise on how to protect and manage the moors sustainably. Their projects have included restoring nearly 5000 acres of moorland and 6000 acres of SSSI, planting 40,000 trees, planting 250,000 moorland plants and renewing 2000 metres of well-loved paths at 4 major access points onto Kinder Scout. One of their most recent projects is to spread 40 million beads of sphagnum moss on the moors to encourage this key peat forming-moss to recolonise parts of the moors to develop blanket bog, a globally rare habitat and carbon sink. The beads will be air lifted by helicopter onto the moors and then spread by hand. This is the leading edge of new approaches to upland conservation, and it’s happening on our patch.

The talk will be on Monday, April 29, at 7.30pm at Darley Dale Methodist Church Hall, Darley Dale. Admission is £2.50 and everyone is very welcome. The meeting will be preceded by a very short AGM.

Although this is the last talk of the season, the trust will be organising evening wildlife walks during the summer months.