A resource encompassing new visitor and educational centres
Adjacent and connecting to the idyllic surroundings and tranquillity of the Tyram Lakes site is the Natural England site of the Humberhead and Peatlands National Nature Reserve.
Providing complimentary access for Tyram’s future visitors, the Natural England site will supply guests with even more acres for hiking, horse riding, trails and exploration. For the horse riders, Tyram will boast around 24 miles of riding without meeting a single highway!The Peatland, comprising Thorne, Goole, and Crowle Moors, as well as
Hatfield Moors, represent the largest area of raised bog wilderness in lowland Britain at 2,887 hectares in size, supporting a vast diversity of wildlife with 5,500 species of invertebrates including 200 different types of birds. They are recognised as beautiful habitats providing environmental benefits from biodiversity to climate regulation.
The Humberhead Peatlands is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) for its habitat and an internationally important breeding site for the nocturnal, insect-feeding nightjar.
The acidic peat creates an environment which slows down the process of decay and has therefore, preserved a huge number of fossils and early remains.
Even deeper into history
Fossil insects provide a wealth of information about the bog and local environment thousands of years ago. The vast majority of objects and structures used by our ancestors were made from organic materials (in particular wood). These are normally lost on dryland archaeological sites but can be preserved in peatlands.
Welcome to the “Yorkshire Everglades”
Antiquarians such as John Leland visited the area in the 16th century, and his descriptions provide a “window onto what must have been a truly fabulous ‘everglades-like’ landscape”, as described by local historian Colin Howes.