mires and bogs on moorland can reduce storm run-off into Somerset’s
rivers by as much as one third say experts.
million project (funded by water bills) has blocked more than 60
miles of old agricultural ditches on Exmoor using straw bales and
Exmoor Mires Project began in 2010 with the aim
of restoring peat moorland into bog. The wet land holds water in
times of heavy rainfall and slows the drainage into local rivers
during times of flood.
was covered in trees but in 7,000 BC hunter-gatherers cut down the
forests and it ended up as peat bogs," said Lee Bray, the Exmoor
Mires historic environment officer. "Then there was a great
drive for agricultural improvement and a network of ditches was
dug to drain a lot of the peat land."
project has restored 4,942 acres of Exmoor to bog conditions by
plugging the old agricultural ditches.