Sphagnum moss is an important peat-building component in upland bog systems. Many blanket bogs have lost a significant amount of Sphagnum coverage and it is essential to reintroduce the plant to re-vegetate our peatlands.
- capable of holding double its own weight in water
- the lower parts of the plant accumulate over time in saturated conditions, leading to the production of peat
- forms multi-coloured carpets, adding to the beautiful landscapes where they are found
Pennine PeatLIFE is trialling a number of methods of reintroducing Sphagnum, including:
- planting plug plants grown under greenhouse conditions
- spreading fragments, pellets or gel
- harvesting and transplanting clumps by hand
- spreading fragments by machine
Each site and method provides different challenges, and Pennine PeatLIFE will use the trials to determine the most suitable technique for each type of location.