This is an archived press release
Wednesday 30 June 2004
30 June 2004
LAMA SPOTTED ON BLEAKLOW!
Issued by the Moors for the Future Partnership
The Moors for the Future partnership team have been busy overseeing a major reseeding operation of heather moors, including much of Bleaklow in the Peak District National Park.
The operation was carried out using a lama helicopter over a period of 6 days in June and involved a road closure on Saddleworth Moor using 2 police forces, West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester. Over 19 tons of seed and 250 tons of fertiliser were spread over an area of 3 square km on 3 moors, including much of Bleaklow, in the Dark Peak area. Local farmers were contracted to move materials to the lift-site and the National Park's ranger service assisted with the massive operation.
This works builds upon the success of the Moors For The Future's moorland restoration work carried out last year. One of the principal objectives of the partnership is to restore bare and eroding areas of moorland that has been damaged by fires and is under threat of further erosion.
Most of the vegetation on these moors has been destroyed by summer fires which have left the peat substrate vulnerable to erosion from the extreme conditions of climate. In these conditions the ability for such areas to re-vegetate naturally is much reduced. Visitors are urged to ensure cigarette stubs are properly extinguished when visiting moorland areas in order to safeguard our moors for the future.