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.