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Latest News:

August 2015

Job opportunity - Historic Environment Officer for the Exmoor Mires Project. Click here for the link to all the details.

July 2015

Latest published papers and reports regarding restoration techniques, hydrological monitoring and remote sensing have been released so take a look in our Document Library..

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June 2015

Download the latest newsletter from the project to see what has been happening in the last few months and a brief introduction to plans for the Exmoor Mires Project over the next five years.

April 2015

The Exmoor Mires Project beat five other finalists to win the Data Project of the Year category at the Water Industry Achievement Awards.


December 2014

Thank you to all the volunteers who have been working on the project this year. To date this has resulted in:

  • Over 1000hrs of volunteer time put into the project
  • Contributing over £98, 000.00 worth of 'contribution' in kind to the project

A massive and amazing achievement, so THANK YOU from all the team.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everybody. 

October 2014

Restoration has now been completed on Lanacombe, Prayway Meads and Ricksy Ball. Many thanks to all those involved. If you have any comments on the restoration please contact the team.

September 2014

Internships available with the project. Are you a recent graduate with a media/communications related degree? The project has two internships currently available - Communications and Events. If you would like to be a part of this award winning project, enhance your work experience and help deliver some exciting elements within our project have a look at the role profiles and get in touch.

Initial analysis of vegetation monitoring on Exmoor shows a change in botanical composition indicative of rewetting of the underlying peat...Read the full report in our Document Library.

Peatland restoration is underway again on Exmoor. Two teams of contractors are out with their machines and teams installing the peat and wooden blocks into the drain ditches. Contractor 'GRT Countryside Care Ltd'  is currently working on Lanacombe and Prayway Meads. Whilst Contractor 'A&B (Devon) Ltd' is out on Ricksy Ball.

If you would like to find out any further about the restoration work taking place, the project or to arrange a site visit please contact the project.

April 2014

Peatland restoration is progressing on Exmoor. The project aim is to survey and restore 2000 hectares of Exmoor's peatbogs. Here are some of the latest statistics:

Surveyed = 3406 hectares

Restoration completed = 1022 hectares

Area surveyed but not suitable for restoration = 653 hectares

A great achievement so far by the whole team.

March 2014

On the 10th March 2014, project research into hydrology and water quality was presented at the the Upland Hydrology Group (UHG) Conference. 

Use this link to take a look at the presentation(s)

February 2014

Peat bog restoration work holds back water, scientists say

Restoration of peat bogs on Exmoor has resulted in a third less water leaving the moorland during heavy rainfall compared with three years ago, a new study shows.

South West Water and its partners are in the process of restoring the peat bogs of Exmoor, which had previously been drained. By blocking up drainage ditches, the moorland can now hold more water and release it more slowly, reducing potential flooding elsewhere and improving water quality. Full story>> Peat bog restoration work holds back water, scientists say

February 2014

The UK's National Parks have launched a new curriculum-based schools resource about peatlands. The resource gives pupils a unique insight into the hidden beauty and value of these environments to UK society, how they have been damaged, and what we can do to restore and protect them. The resource can be used on its own in the classroom, or in combination with a visit to one of the UK's many peatland National Parks.

To download a teacher's pack and organise a visit to a National Park, visit:


 March 2013: 

A consultation on the development of a peatland restoration prospectus for the south west has been launched.

The full prospectus can be downloaded on the right.

This is a preliminary consultation to enable stakeholders to have their say in shaping the full document for further consultation and feedback.

To find out how to become involved with the Exmoor Mires Project, Contact us.

Water Industry Achievement Award 2015

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