Blanket bogs are waterlogged areas, often in the uplands, made of a thick layer of peat
They are covered in a layer of plants including bog moss, also known as sphagnum. This special environment supports a wealth of plant and animal species.
Blanket bogs in good condition:
- provide habitat for special wildlife including many endangered birds
- improve water quality in reservoirs and rivers by preventing erosion
- reduce the risk of flooding by slowing the downhill flow of water from the hills during storms
- actively fight climate change by absorbing and storing carbon from the atmosphere
- reduce the risk of moorland wildfires because in good condition bogs are very wet
- provide us with an incredible landscape to enjoy at our leisure
- provide economic and social benefits
Unfortunately, blanket bogs in the Peak District and South Pennines have experienced long term decline, due to a range of human induced factors. This has a knock-on effect on the habitat and its ability to provide multiple benefits to society.