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Business for Wildlife

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It is not just the expected conservation organisations and charities who take action for wildlife, many businesses operating in and around the Peak District are also making significant contributions.

Peat-coloured moorland stream (c) Karen Shelley-JonesUnited Utilities ran the Sustainable Catchment Management Programme (SCaMP) in the Peak District between 2005 and 2010, and now on their other landholdings.

As a water company, United Utilities aim to supply a high quality product to their customers' taps, and they recognise the importance of managing the water at the point of source.  Restoring the blanket bog and upland heathland habitats around their reservoirs, and creating new habitats such as upland oakwoods, helps to protect water quality and quantity now and into the future.  Pictured right, a moorland stream coloured brown with peat run-off.  As bare peat is restored by stabilising and re-vegetating it, so the peat particles stay in the peat bog, and the water runs clearer, meaning less money has to be spent on treating water, and you get a better product.  Click here to find out more about blanket bogs.

Some companies have produced their own Biodiversity Action Plans for their landholdings.  These include Tarmac, Longcliffe Quarries, Aggregate Industries and United Utilities.

For a pdf quick guide to producing a Company BAP, click here pdf (pdf, 422kb)

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