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Welsh Peatlands Project

Realising the Natural Capital of Welsh Peatlands

Through funding from the Welsh Government’s Sustainable Management Scheme, the Snowdonia National Park Authority is leading a £1m partnership project to help bring Wales' peatlands into sustainable management.  Restoring them will bring multiple benefits to people, businesses and communities, such as reducing soil carbon emissions, reducing flood risk, improving water quality, and improving the quality of these special places for people to enjoy, discover and cherish for years to come.

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Peatlands in Wales cover an area of more than 90,000 hectares and are widely distributed throughout the country, with the uplands supporting the most extensive blanket bog dominated ecosystems, but with smaller more isolated peatland habitats scattered throughout the lowlands, including raised bogs and fens.  A large proportion of these habitats are in unfavourable condition, largely due to issues such as artificial drainage, afforestation, or inappropriate grazing regimes, leading to drying and erosion of peat soils.

Map of Wales' Peatland

Map o Fawndiroedd Cymru - Map of Wales' Peatland

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Our core aims:

  • To improve the condition of Wales’ peatlands through practical, on-the-ground restoration and ongoing management.  Go to Restoration
  • To unlock new sources of funding that could support restoration and long-term sustainable management, by developing Peatland Code projects and engaging with the private sector.  Go to Carbon schemes
  • To promote best practice through accredited training in peatland restoration and management. Go to Training & Education
  • To increase awareness and enjoyment of the special qualities of peatlands through education and community engagement.
  • To improve the evidence base and enable targeted restoration efforts through better coordination of mapping, reporting, monitoring and research efforts.

Who we are:

The Welsh Peatlands project is led by Snowdonia National Park Authority, in partnership with Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, IUCN UK Peatland Programme, Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust, National Trust, Natural Resources Wales, and Swansea University.  

To find out more, Contact us.

Our funders:

The Welsh Peatlands project is funded through the Sustainable Management Scheme as part of the wider Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Union through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.