Peat supplier William Sinclair to lose Cumbrian peat bog

Peat supplier William Sinclair has been forced to give up its Cumbrian peat bog Bolton Fell, after Defra decided to make it a Special Area of Conservation.

William Sinclair has been ordered to quit its Cumbrian peat bog - photo: HW
William Sinclair has been ordered to quit its Cumbrian peat bog - photo: HW

The order means Bolton Fell will now be restored under the EU Habitat Directive.

A Sinclair representative said: In April 2008 William Sinclair was approached by Natural England to discuss the submission to the EU of the company’s bog at Bolton Fell in Cumbria as a Special Area for Conservation. This would complete the UK Government’s obligations on raised upland mires under the Habitat Directive.

Sinclair says it engaged co-operatively in these discussions and that it has consistently managed Bolton Fell bog with the intention of a full restoration of the original upland raised mire as soon as was practicable. Restoration commenced on a large area of the bog six years ago and Sinclair is pleased with the regeneration it has achieved so far.

Council Directive 92/43/EEC on the Conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora, also known as the ‘Habitats Directive’, requires EC Member States to introduce a range of measures for the protection of habitats and species listed in its Annexes. See http://www.jncc.gov.uk/page-1374.


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