Thorne and Hatfield Moors

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Thorne and Hatfield Moors

Thorne and Hatfield Moors

Thorne and Hatfield Moors form the largest area of lowland raised peat bog in the United Kingdom. They are situated in South Yorkshire, to the north-east and east of Doncaster near the town of Thorne, and are part of Hatfield Chase. They had been used for small-scale extraction of peat for fuel from medieval times, and probably much earlier, but commercial extraction of the peat for animal bedding began in the 1880s. The peat was cut on the moors and, once it had dried, transported to several works on 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge tramways, always called trams locally. The wagons were pulled by horses to works at Creyke's Siding, Moorends, Medge Hall, Swinefleet and Hatfield. There was also a network of canals supplying the Moorends Works.

Thorne moors cover an area of 2000ha and are a NNR designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Excellent and varied site and worth a visit at any time of the year. Whinchat, stonechat, nightingale pictured , and nightjar in summer, with raptors including hen harrier in winter.
Rarities also occur with Kildeer, White-rumped Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, and Gull-billed Tern amongst others.

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