Explore other restoration projects happening in the Park
In addition to our Blanket Bog project, we are currently on a number of other restorations. These span across the Park, throughout various terrain, but all look to preserve and create habitats for species living in Northumberland.
Species-rich Grassland Restoration
Upland hay meadows are a rare habitat nationally. Upland hay meadows have been formed as a result of traditional hay making in the short growing season. As a result, they develop a mix of species that is more closely related to the mountains of the Alps or Scandinavia.
Species would include sweet vernal grass, wood crane’s bill, great burnet, lady’s mantle and pignut. They are also an important nesting site for breeding birds, such as lapwing. They are also interesting because some plants are shade-tolerant and so are also woodland edge plants, while other plants like a lower sward.
Wet Grassland Restoration
Over the years, many naturally wet areas on farms would have been drained so that natural hollows and pools had been filled in or dried out. They can make a big difference to wildlife on farms. They are rich in insects and earthworms and support a wide range of plants.
Native Broadleaf Woodland Restoration
Typically in Northumberland, woods are small fragmented blocks on steep-sided valleys. Linking up patches of existing woodland can help species move about the landscape and help the linked woodlands be more resilient to climate change.
For instance, a hedgerow or a small area of trees planted alongside a stream has great benefits for wildlife. Many bird species benefit from woodlands as a food source and cover for nesting – for instance redstart, wood warbler and pied flycatcher.