Work starts to protect special wetland area

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Volunteers will be taking to the hills over the next few weeks in a bid to help protect a rare and important piece of bog in the Simonside Hills.

On Simonside’s western flank between the heights of Tosson Hill and Ravensheugh is an area of heather and blanket bog called Boddle Moss that is one of Europe’s Special Areas of Conservation.

This month, Northumberland National Park, North Pennines AONB Partnership and Northumberland Wildlife Trust (NWT) are joining forces to protect this precious wetland as part of the shared work of the Northern Upland Chain Local Nature Partnership.

Boddle Moss is a deep peat area that provides an important service to wildlife and residents in the Coquet Valley below Simonside. It feeds into the Chartner Burn, then the River Coquet – one of the country’s cleanest salmon and trout rivers.

NWT volunteers are undertaking the bog restoration spadework with National Park staff and the work is being funded through the North Pennines AONB Partnership.

Blanket bogs are important stores of carbon and maintaining blanket bogs on the flat areas on the top of the Simonside ridge and deep peat areas such as Boddle Moss and Caudhole Moss contributes to reducing the effects of climate change.