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Old Tuesday 7th May 2019, 14:44   #3
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Originally Posted by kb57 View Post
Strictly speaking this will be a 'restored' rather than 'created' bog, as raised bogs can't be created on any meaningful human timescale (as it is dependent on the growth and partial decomposition of Sphagnum and other peat forming species, it grows at the rate of a few mm per year).

It's unfortunately quite common to find that raised bogs have been planted up with conifers in the past, which will have dried out the surface peat so that it is no longer 'active' - the peat will still be there though, so by felling the trees and raising the water table it can begin to function like an active bog again, hopefully with Sphagnum and other species colonising and spreading.

It's good to hear they're still doing this work, given the cutbacks they've suffered in recent years. And even better to know it's already attracting wildlife back.
Good news indeed.
We've got three more restored bogs within a radius of 5 miles from here too.
They were restored by the Cumbria Wildlife Trust and have regulary attracted breeding Ospreys nesting on the isolated trees left in the middle.
Cetti Warblers were found at one of the reserves last year, last year, a rarity round here and only the fourth record for Cumbria.
Apart from that other birds recorded include Cuckoo, Sedge, Warbler, Reed Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, Tree Pipit, Common Snipe, Stonechat, Marsh Harrier and Hen Harrier[ in Winter].
Remarkable, considering, only a few years ago they were dominated by pine trees and these sort of birds weren't commonly recorded.
Cumbria Wildlife Trust do a marvelous job round here so if anyone lives in the area or visits the Lakes, how about joining them?- it's easy to join online and doesn't cost a lot.

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