Exmoor Mires peatland restoration, UK

General
National Id: 
UK_04
Site name: 
Exmoor
Summary: 
The Exmoor Mires project is part of a wider Upstream Thinking programme initiated by the local water company South West Water (SWW) to use land management to tackle problems of water quality and quantity across South-west England. The benefit to SWW is in potentially reducing the costs of water treatment. Demonstration of success will allow SWW to approach the regulator (OFWAT) for permission to develop PES schemes to deliver these benefits in future. The Exmoor Mires project involves peatland restoration through blocking historic drainage ditches with a target of restoring 2000 ha by 2015. The primary benefits of the project have been to reduce runoff (32%) and increase water storage (additional 364 m3/ha). The success of the project has been aided by the land ownership and public engagement by the Exmoor National Park Authority and support from other public agencies and research from universities.
NUTS Code: 
Dorset and Somerset
RBD code: 
UK08
Transboundary: 
0
Data provider: 
Alistair McVittie, SRUC
NWRM(s) implemented in the case study: 
Longitude: 
-3.757
Latitude: 
51.129
Last updated: 12 Jan 2015 | Top