Living Uplands


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Landscapes

Landscapes

The uplands and moorlands of England are home to half of the UK's sites of scientific interest and a huge 74% of national parks in England are classed as a moorland or upland. This ancient landscape has hundreds, if not thousands of species of plants, one of the best-known being heather of which England's moors hold 70% of the worlds heather. The uplands also hold large amounts of carbon, in recent years huge projects to restore the health of moors have been under way to help the planet become greener and increase the carbon capture of these areas.

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Beneath the surface
Exploring the fascinating underworld of the "Hypogenic Caves of the North Pennines UNESCO Global Geopark"
Going underground.
Exploring the fascinating underworld of the "Hypogenic Caves of the North Pennines UNESCO Global Geopark"
Understanding the origins of ‘blanket bog’ on our Uplands.
Blanket bog represents around 6% of UK land, and the popular view is that these expanses were created by early human populations clearing forest. Research suggests that climate rather than land-use history might explain blanket bog distribution.