What's happening now
With financial support from South West Water's Upstream Thinking project, the restoration work continues in 2013.
Work restarted this year at Burcombe, where 67 hectares have been rewetted, followed by Spooners (155ha) in March. Other sites identified for this year include Aclands and The Chains.
In 2012 we completed re-wetting work at Lucott Moor and in the spring of 2011 Comerslade and Homer Common were re-wetted. More work was also carried out at Blackpitts and Exe-head, contributing a further 100ha to the total re-wetted area.
The ongoing mapping of peatland ditches and cuttings from old air-photographs has identified 150 further sites, covering over 2,000ha, with possible damaged or drying peatland. These potential areas of mire restoration have now been mapped. View our latest map to see where we have carried out restoration and where other damaged mire sites are on Exmoor.
Survey, planning and consultation: Prior to any work taking place the project team contact the landowner and land manger to introduce the team and the proposals behind the project. Once land manager agreement has been obtained a full survey of the potential restoration area is under taken by the survey team. These surveys form part of the basis of the site Restoration Plan. The integration of the survey data, moorland farming, access, landscape and the historic environment into the restoration plans are key elements of this stakeholder engagement process. All plans go through a consultation process that includes the land owner, land manager and other stakeholders which then help to inform the final restoration plan.