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Thursday, 10 February 2011

Warland Reservoir

Walked up to Warland reservoir yesterday and as I got to the end of Warland res, where it almost joins Lighthazzles res, there were dozens of white bags there -
I'm guessing that this must be the repository for the loads of heather shoots that are planned to be dropped on the surrounding moors from helicopters in the hope that they will take root and protect the eroding peat.
 The planned 'seeding' is due to take place January, February and March but I haven't heard any helicopters over there yet.


Nick Carter said...

We have had quite a large strip of Midgley Moor cut and bagged recently, I assume these to be the same bags you now have at Warland, looks like Midgley will be supplying Warland with seed then, it will be good stuff!
I assume the cutting of long heather to be used as a seed source doesn't damage the "donor" moor?

Jeff Cox said...

I hope the donor moor isn't damaged too, otherwise if the seeding doesn't take we risk exposing more land to erosion.

By the way, the bags are where we feed the Twite!

Steve Blacksmith said...

Moorwatch is doing the work. This method of reseeding with heather brash is proven effective. The twigs shed the tiny seeds and then it protects the seedlings from erosion until they stabilise the peat with their roots.

Where it is cut the effect is similar to burning, which is the natural system heather evolved to cope with.

The people who are very upset are the archaeologists. They have not been consulted and are concerned about damage to standing stones, stones with marks made by prehistoric people, etc. These are not fully studied or mapped even in Calderdale. The "standing" stones are sometimes partially buried.

Steve Blacksmith said...

Correction, Moorlife. Not Moorwatch.