Uplands Management Group



T&F Group 1 - Vegetation transfer

T&F Group 2 - Sphagnum

T&F Group 3 - Sphagnum Guidance

T&F Group 4 - Moorland wildfire

Note added 9th June 2021:

In response to the introduction of a deep peat burning licence (see the Heather & grass Burning Regulations 2021) an additional version of the Wildfire Management Plan is under development.  This will provide extra information to satisfy the requirements for application for a licence.

The opportunity is being taken to review and revise the other documents. 


Defra plans to host a workshop on 1st July and this will include the discussion of the new and revised documents with stakeholder representatives.  


The documents will be added to this site after the workshop. Development of the documents will be ongoing and feedback about the information provided will be welcome.

A Task & Finish Group has prepared guidance for practitioners about the development of a Wildfire Risk Assessment (including a Wildfire Scoresheet if required), a Wildfire Response Plan and a Wildfire Management Plan.

The UMG recommends that everyone with an interest in moorland should consider this guidance to ensure that effective plans are in place and appropriate preparations have been made.  When the smoke starts to rise is too late!

The above PDF information can be downloaded and completed on a computer.  On request to the UMG, the documents can be supplied in Word format, to allow adaptation for a particular purpose.  The UMG would like to be sent copies of any revisions to help with the development of this information. 

The guidance was developed from a report that was submitted to the Uplands Stakeholder Forum and Defra on 25th June 2019.

T&F Group 5 - Veterinary Medicines

Details of veterinary medicines for grazing livestock currently available and used by graziers on the North York Moors.  These details are also likely to be applicable to the management of sheep on other parts of the UK uplands.

T&F Group 6 - Blanket Bog Restoration Monitoring

The report from this T&F Group considers the scope for practitioner-based monitoring of peatland restoration. 

A two-tiered monitoring system is proposed: higher levels of detail to be provided by researchers, and lower levels by land managers - the information collected at each level will be complementary.​

Highland cattle
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Bog asphodel
Heather beetles
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