National Charities

Council for British Archaeology The gateway to British archaeology online
IPCC The Irish Peatland Conservation Council (Comhairle Chaomhnaithe Phortaigh na hÉireann) is an independent conservation charity which believes that Ireland’s remaining peatlands should be treated as a precious resource that cannot be replaced
Friends of the Earth Friends of the Earth is UK ‘s most influential environmental campaigning organisation. It is the most extensive environmental network in the world, with almost 1 million supporters across five continents and more than 70 national organisations worldwide and has a unique network of campaigning local groups.
RSPB The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten the environment. It campaigns on behalf of birds and the environment.
Plantlife Plantlife International is a charity dedicated exclusively to conserving all forms of plant life in their natural habitats, in the UK, Europe and across the world.

Local Charities and Organisations

Sorby Natural History Society The Sorby Natural History Society covers a full range of natural history interests in Sheffield and the surrounding area, providing for both interested beginners and specialists and is the natural history society for Sheffield and the surrounding region, including South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire, the Peak District, the Dukeries and Sherwood (the ‘Sorby Study Area’).
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is of the 47 county Wildlife Trusts.  It owns or manages around forty nature reserves.  Some of them like Potteric Carr in the Humberhead Levels and Wheldrake Ings in the Lower Derwent Valley are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust membership is now over 25,800 (January 2008), including the junior wing, the Wildlife Watch Club.
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust The mission of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is to conserve and enhance the county’s wildlife and its habitats both urban and rural for future generations.
Yorkshire Naturalists Union (YNU) The YNU is divided into a number of specialist sections to cater for naturalists with particular interests – Mammals, Birds, Flowering Plants, Mosses, Fungi, Insects and Molluscs.
Lincolnshire Naturalists Union (LNU) …and the LNU is a sister organisation covering Lincolnshire.
Yorkshire Archaeology Society The Society exists to promote the study of Yorkshire’s historical past – AGRICULTURE – ARCHAEOLOGY – ARCHITECTURE – HISTORY – INDUSTRY – RELIGION and THE PEOPLE of the historic county.
Doncaster Naturalists’ Society The society aims to encourage interest in all aspects of natural history and to promote the conservation of wildlife and the protection of habitats, mainly within the area covered by the Doncaster Metropolitan Borough.
PLACE PLACE ( People, Landscape And Cultural Environment of Yorkshire) has the following charitable objects
To promote research into the people, landscape and cultural environment of Yorkshire and elsewhere and to disseminate the useful results for the benefit of the general public
To advance the education of the public in the people and the natural and cultural heritage of Yorkshire and elsewhere.

International / EU

Ramsar The Convention on Wetlands, is an intergovernmental treaty which provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.
IMCG (International Mire Conservation Group) The International Mire Conservation Group (IMCG) is an international network of specialists who internationally promote, encourage and, where appropriate, co-ordinate the conservation of mires and related ecosystems; and internationally enhance the exchange of information and experience relating to mires and factors affecting them.


Natural England Natural England seeks to be a distinctive public body committed to conserving and enhancing the natural environment. Natural England was formed by bringing together English Nature, the landscape, access and recreation elements of the Countryside Agency and the environmental land management functions of the Rural Development Service.
English Heritage English Heritage exists to protect and promote England’s spectacular historic environment and ensure that its past is researched and understood.
Environment Agency “We are the leading public body for protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales. It’s our job to make sure that air, land and water are looked after by everyone in today’s society, so that tomorrow’s generations inherit a cleaner, healthier world.”

University Institutions involved in Peatland Research

Queen’s University Belfast Queen’s University Belfast
Plymouth University Plymouth University
Exeter University Exeter University
Bangor University Wetland Biogeochemistry
University of Hull (Centre for Wetlands Research) WAERC is an interdisciplinary international, national and regional centre of archaeological research into human-landscape interactions in the past. Research into the understanding of in situ preservation in wetlands [RESEARCH], excavation and the record of past landscapes contained within wetland sedimentary systems form key areas of investigation and analysis. In situ studies of the physico-chemical and biological characteristics of wetlands, alongside the wetland archive, are used to reconstruct past environments and also in advising and studying the threat to and preservation of this often vulnerable resource.

Peat Research groups

Peatland Programme Group The IUCN UK Peatland Programme was set up in 2009 to promote peatland restoration in the UK. The Programme advocates the multiple benefits of peatlands through partnerships, strong science, sound policy and effective practice. The work of the Peatland Programme is overseen by a coalition of environmental bodies
Biodiversity Links A list of links provided by Project ALARM (Assessing LArge scale Risks for biodiversity with tested Methods)
Society of Wetland Scientists The Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS), an international organization of about 3,500 members dedicated to fostering sound wetland science, education, and management. It claims to “put at your fingertips the latest research, access to the smartest people in the wetlands business, and links to the most interesting developments”.

Humberhead Levels Links

Hatfield Moors Birding Blog An excellent daily summary of what is about, updated very quickly. An indespensible read before you vist.
Thorne Moors Birding Blog Recent sightings on Thorne moors.
Wetland Heritage of the Humberhead Levels The Wetland Archaeology & Environments Research Centre (WAERC), located within the Geography Department at the University of Hull, is an interdisciplinary international, national and regional centre of archaeological research into human-landscape interactions in the past.
Natural England: Humberhead Levels Natural area 22, the Humberhead Levels, encompasses the open, flat plain that is dominated by the major river systems of the Ouse and Trent which feed the western end of the Humber Estuary.
Countryside Agency, Humberhead Levels Land Management Initiative The Humberhead Levels Land Management Initiative (known locally as the ‘Value in Wetness’) sought to investigate and test new economically viable and environmentally sensitive approaches to water and land management.
Thorne Moors: Moorends Council site An overview of Thorne and Hatfield moors with links to the recently opened “Peatlands’ Way” long distance footpath
Biodiversity Action Plan Curimopsis nigrita UK Biodiversity Group Action Plan for the Mire Pill-beetle, restricted in the UK to Thorne and Hatfield Moors and Haxey Grange Fen
Lincs Trust: Crowle Moors A brief description of Crowle Moors, with maps and photographs.
Prehistoric Society: Sutton Common Abstract of paper “The Iron Age Enclosures and Prehistoric Landscape of Sutton Common, South Yorkshire” published in the Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society Volume 63 (1997)
A Wetland Background An article by By M.H. Dinnin, N.J. Whitehouse and R.A. Lindsay: “Palaeoecology, Archaeology and Nature Conservation in the Humberhead Peatlands”
SAC selection: Bogs still capable of natural regeneration A summary report by the jncc
The Isle of Axholme before Vermuyden An article by Joan Thirsk from the Agricultural History Review Volume 1 (1953)
Dr Peter Skidmore’s Insect Paintings 30 examples of Dr Peter Skidmore’s Insect Paintings, hosted by the School of GeoSciences at Edinburgh University

Wildlife Links

UK Biodiversity Action Plan: Invertebrates The action plans and statements for invertebrates, contained in Biodiversity: The UK Steering Group Report (UKBSG, 1995) and the UK Biodiversity Group Tranche 2 Action Plans (UKBG/English Nature, 1998-9).
Bryan Wainwright’s Birding Site Guide An account of the birdlife of Thorne and Hatfield Moors, and where to look for it, including suggested itineraries.