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Bogs are beautiful

This is an archived press release

Friday 30 May 2014

Bogs are beautiful, despite being depicted in period dramas as inhospitable, dangerous places, where damsels need rescuing by rugged windswept heroes.

Out to dispel these moorland myths, the Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA), Eastern Moors Partnership and National Trust at Longshaw have teamed up to host the Bogtastic event on Sunday 22 June, celebrating these upland spaces, of which 75% are found in Britain.

The event, taking place in the grounds of the Moorlands Discovery Centre on the Longshaw Estate, hopes to show people how precious our moorlands are for some of Britain's rarest wildlife such as curlew, adders and sundews as well as playing an essential role in helping to combat climate change.

There will be a whole host of things for families to take part in including a barefoot trail, minibeast safari, 'have a go' stone walling, mud painting, welly wanging and a visit from some of the UK's most precious birds of prey.  Displays and demonstrations will also look at the science behind protecting moorlands.

A free Bogtastic Safari shuttle-bus will be taking people up onto site too so that visitors can get stuck in with activities out on the Eastern Moors, from stream dipping for freshwater minibeasts and 'how deep is your peat?' tests to red deer walks and bumblebee surveys.

Rachael Kerr, Moorland Discovery Learning Officer for PDNPA said, "Moorlands and the blanket bog areas within them are internationally rare habitats. They provide us with many rare and unusual plants and animals as well as some of our most dramatic scenery. They are truly an iconic part of the British landscape."

Focusing on moorland biodiversity, the event will introduce these remarkable uplands to people who may, up until now, have driven past without a second glance. The Longshaw Estate, Eastern Moors and nearby Burbage moors are some of the Peak District's most accessible uplands, providing for cycling, horse riding, walking, fell running and on the edges, climbing and bouldering.

Chris Robinson, Learning and Discovery Officer for the Peak District National Park Authority, said, "Moorlands have never been more important, not just for wildlife and biodiversity but for people too; they provide space to relax and explore in an ever hectic urban world. They act as huge carbon stores and their well-being is paramount in storing water and carbon to mitigate the effects of climate change. They truly are Bogtastic!"

Bogtastic on Sunday 22 June, will run from 10.30am until 3.30pm, based at the Moorland Discovery Centre, Longshaw Estate (opposite Fox House Inn). The cost will be £3 per person. No need to book, just turn up on the day. To find out more call 01433 637907 or email

Visitors should wear appropriate outdoor clothing for the weather, and if joining the Bogtastic Safari, long trousers, closed-toe sturdy boots/shoes are recommended. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

The Eastern Moors Partnership is a joint venture between the UK's two leading conservation charities, the National Trust and the RSPB, with a combined national membership of 4.6 million and a combination of the best in upland land management, management of historic environments and excellence in public service delivery. The Partnership manages the Eastern Moors on behalf of the Peak District National Park Authority.

Situated on the east of the Peak District National Park and the fringes of Sheffield, the Eastern moors are both a valued place to people and the wildlife that thrives there.  The Partnership covers 2,700 ha of Totley Moss, Big Moor, Ramsley Moor, Clod Hall Moor and Leash Fen, which each year are visited by around 250,000 people.

This is an archived press release

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