Natural England - Restoration of Bolton Fell Moss

Restoration of Bolton Fell Moss

Bolton Fell Moss is an extensive area of raised blanket bog - one of the rarest wildlife habitats in the world - and exceptionally important for biodiversity and its critical role in carbon storage.

In 2009 Bolton Fell Moss was designated as a Site of Community Importance (SCI) by the European Union. This means it will ultimately become a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), placing a duty on the UK Government - under European Law - to restore it.

Much of Bolton Fell Moss is already protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)external link. On behalf of Government, Natural England is seeking to secure management over the remaining section in order to notify the entire area as a SSSI and restore it to a fully functioning, sustainable peat bog.

An agreement between Natural England and William Sinclair Holdings will see peat extraction ceased at Bolton Fell Moss in November 2013.

In September 2013, Natural England submitted a planning application to Cumbria County Council for the restoration of the Moss to active raise bog. Further details are available on the Cumbria County Council Planning Portalexternal link.

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