The Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership supported an event for local moorland farmers and owners on 25 October 2012 about the Exmoor Mires Project, and their mission to restore peatland by re-wetting. The meeting was organised by the Exmoor Hill Farm Project working closely with the Exmoor Mires Project.
Valuable outcomes from the restoration works include improvements to water quality, slowing down the flow of rainwater off the peat bogs, benefits to wildlife, and an increased accumulation of peat.
Funded by NERC, Charles Cowap has been engaged to investigate how Payments for Ecosystem Services could be linked into the Mires work, to pay the farmers whose land is providing these benefits to our environment. Charles carried out an exercise to gather the opinions in the room – asking what positive and negative aspects they saw in relation to the re-wetting of peatland on Exmoor. These results fed into a presentation by Charles Cowap at the English Upland Peatland Network Conference, held at Exeter this month.
The Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership has money available to help farmers hold meetings like this, under its project ‘Empowering Moorland Managers’ which has funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and RDPE money through Western Somerset Local Action (WSLA) and Leader for Torridge and North Devon (L4TND).