Blanket Bogs are worth protecting

Posted by Catherine Flitcroft on 25/03/2022

Our friends at Moors for the Future Partnership have produced a great series of five short films to help people understand the multiple benefits of healthy blanket bogs and why they are precious and worth protecting.

Blanket bogs are worth protecting because they're huge stores of carbon

Blanket bogs are unusual places. Because of how wet they are, dead plants don’t decompose like they do in other habitats. They do something else instead. And what they do sucks carbon dioxide out of the air and locks it into the ground.

Join Robin, a Moors for the Future Partnership Junior Ranger, as she discusses why blanket bogs are so important for locking up carbon and tackling climate change.

WATCH: Tackling climate change


Blanket bogs are worth protecting because they reduce the risk and severity of flooding

It rains a lot on the moors of the Peak District and South Pennines. The unique plants that grow on healthy blanket bogs slow the flow of rain from the moors to the towns and cities below.

Mollie from Moors for the Future Partnership carries out an experiment on Bleaklow in the Peak District to show us how these landscapes can reduce the risk and severity of flooding.

WATCH: Reducing the risk of flooding


Blanket bogs are worth protecting because they improve the quality of water flowing into our rivers and reservoirs

On the hills above the cities of Sheffield and Manchester, lies an internationally important habitat called blanket bog. Healthy blanket bogs can improve the quality of the water that runs into the rivers and reservoirs that provide our houses with water.

Join Andrew from Yorkshire Water as he performs an experiment to show us how blanket bogs improve the water that runs through our taps.

WATCH: Cleaner water

Blanket bogs are worth protecting because of the wide range wildlife they support

Blanket bogs are special habitats that provide a home for an array of beautiful wildlife. Sitting on top of peat soil that is thousands of years old, the plants and animals that live there have to be specially adapted for the wild weather and waterlogged conditions that encompass this distinct landscape.

Join Kait from the National Trust, a partner in Moors for the Future Partnership, to see some of the exquisite creatures that call these special places home.

WATCH: Biodiversity

Blanket bogs are worth protecting because they are vast open spaces where people can enjoy nature, wildlife and space

The vast open landscapes of the Peak District and South Pennine moors provide a sanctuary for people to breathe and play. Calm yet wild, the moors are important for our health and wellbeing.

Working with Moors for the Future Partnership, Carol from Peak District Mosaic, tells us how the moors have inspired her to have adventures and to find out more about what makes these landscapes so special.

WATCH: Vast open spaces to enjoy

Help protect our Peat Bogs – support the Climate Project

The Climate Project is a BMC campaign to support the work of Moors for the Future. Out on our wild moorlands grows an amazing plant called sphagnum. When sphagnum is growing healthily, this little plant powerhouse takes as much carbon out of the atmosphere as a tropical rainforest.

This will make a real difference, as healthy moorland will:

  • Actively fight the climate crisis
  • Reduce wildfire risk
  • Reduce flooding risk
  • Protect endangered wildlife

WATCH: The Climate Project - help fight climate change on our moorlands on BMC TV

💮 Donate to The Climate Project 🌱

The BMC's Climate Project supports the work of Moors for the Future.

Your support will help:   

🌱 Actively fight the climate crisis

🛡️ Protect endangered wildlife

❌ 🔥 Reduce wildfire risk

❌ 🌊 Reduce flooding risk

It costs £25 to plant one square metre of sphagnum moss and create a healthy moor. hanks to you, we’ve raised £30,000 for The Climate Project so far. This will restore 1,200 square meters of sphagnum on our Peak District moors.


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