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Research project to boost blanket bogs

The Moorland Association (MA) has welcomed the announcement of a major, Government-backed research project into the management of blanket bog.

The five-year project, which has been commissioned by DEFRA, is expected to shed new light on complex ecological issues.

MA chairman Robert Benson explained that the UK’s blanket bog hosted some of the country’s most valuable habitats, and that 55 per cent of English blanket bog is managed for red grouse.

Mr Benson commented: “Active peat growth helps slow down global warming by trapping carbon, and upland peat filters up to 70 per cent of our drinking water. The DEFRA framework will help develop future practices and perceptions for the stewardship of moorland and farming.”

The rest of this article appears in the 10th April issue of Shooting Times.

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