A site noted as ‘primeval country’ and listed alongside Askham Bog, Thorne Moor was proposed to the Society as a breeding place for scarce creatures and a site of geological significance. It now forms part of the Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserve (NNR) and is managed by Natural England. The reserve represents the largest area of lowland raised bog in the UK and is an important breeding site for the nightjar. This nocturnal bird was responsible for the site being declared a Special Protection Area (SPA) – a European designation to safeguard birds.
(Above) the original SPNR survey documents for Thorne Moor